Child psychiatrist says parental skills training can promote children’s mental health

April 07, 2023
uci health child psychiatrist anju hurria comments in good morning america on study showing hospital parenting can lead to mental health problems; wearing jacket posing near tree
Dr. Anju Hurria is a child psychiatrist at UCI Health Psychiatry
Services and an associate clinical professor of psychiatry in
the UCI School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry & Human
Behavior. (Photo credit: Steve Zylius/UCI)

IN THE NEWS: “Hostile” parenting styles, such as using physical discipline, almost double the risk of children developing mental health symptoms, according to a recent study published in the journal Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences. It concludes that such parents need more resources to address their needs and enhance their skills.

ABC Good Morning America logo blue yellow with abc logoUCI Health expert Dr. Anju Hurria, who was not involved with the study, spoke to Good Morning America about the results.

“Nobody is born knowing how to parent. What I appreciate about this study is that it’s advocating for us to give more support to parents in terms of evidence-based parent management programs. These should be readily accessible in all communities for parents.”

Hurria, a child psychiatrist at UCI Health Psychiatry Services, is an associate clinical professor in the UCI School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry & Human Behavior. She has been named an Orange County Medical Association Physician of Excellence from 2017-23.

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