Case Report

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

M F Tunde-Ayinmode, Olusola Abejide Adegunloye
South African Journal of Psychiatry | Vol 17, No 2 | a256 | DOI: | © 2011 M F Tunde-Ayinmode, Olusola Abejide Adegunloye | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 29 April 2010 | Published: 01 June 2011

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M F Tunde-Ayinmode,, Nigeria
Olusola Abejide Adegunloye, Department of Behavioural Sciences, University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, Ilorin, Nigeria, Nigeria

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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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