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Children May Develop “Peter Pan Syndrome” Due To Overprotective Parents, Says Study

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A recent study suggested that children may develop “Peter Pan Syndrome” due to overprotective parents. This syndrome affects people who do not wish to grow up. People with Peter Pan Syndrome have the body of an adult but a mind of a child.

The condition, however, is not recognized as a psychological disorder yet. This study found an increasingly large number of adults with signs of emotional immaturity in Western society. “They don’t want to stop being children”, says study. They even dress up and enjoy themselves as teenagers even when they are 30. Professor Humbelina Robles Ortega, an expert in emotional disorders warns that having overprotective parents can cause children to develop Peter Pan Syndrome and says “it usually affects dependent people who have been overprotected by their families and haven’t developed the necessary skills to confront life.”

The “Peter Pans” tend to see the adult world as problematic which is why they want to stay in their privileged stage- adolescence. Researchers believe that these people are afraid of loneliness which is why they tend to be so reliant on people who can meet their needs. The study also pointed out that it can affect both sexes. However, men are more affected than women.

To Know More, You May Refer To:

University of Granada. “Overprotecting parents can lead children to develop ‘Peter Pan Syndrome’.” 1

  1. University of Granada. (2007). Overprotecting parents can lead children to develop ‘Peter Pan Syndrome’. ScienceDaily. Retrieved March 2, 2021 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/05/070501112023.htm []