Parenting style and conduct problems in children: Case report of deliberate self poisoning in a Nigerian child

M F Tunde-Ayinmode, Olusola Abejide Adegunloye


The correlation between psychosocially unhealthy parenting styles and child psychopathology has been established. This case report describes how chronic harsh and overbearing paternal parenting style tipped a young boy into deliberate self poisoning with the aid of organo-phosphorous chemicals (rat poison). This report is purposed to increase the interest of physicians and psychiatrists in parenting style research and in how potentially its modification could be a therapeutic and preventive tool.

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Submitted: 29 April 2010
Published: 01 June 2011

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