August 19, 2002


Moms and dads differ on kid's pain (Peggy Peck, 8/19/02, UPI)
A study from Finland suggests mothers and fathers react differently to a child in pain -- dads are more likely to think the child should suffer in silence, while moms tend to reach for the baby aspirin.

"Generally, fathers were more likely to think that children could be faking pain and they were also more likely to think that children should learn to live with the pain," [Researcher Paivi] Kankkunen said in an interview with United Press International. She added that both mothers and fathers also thought "boys should be encouraged to tolerate the pain without pain medication." Parents also said it was more acceptable for boys to engage in risk-taking play that might result in injury, but were less likely to support such activities by girls.

In related news, the sun will rise tomorrow. Posted by Orrin Judd at August 19, 2002 8:58 PM
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