A new study revealed that the parental personality attribute ‘locus of control’ highly influence the mathematical and scientific reasoning of a child.
Locus of control-is a psychological measure of how much someone believes that they have control over the outcome of events in their life or over the external forces beyond their control dictates their life.
Study found that those who are internally controlled rather than external control,which might be often influenced by luck and circumstances, are more motivated.
the locus of control was examined by the questionnaire survey of ore than 1600 pregnant women during the 90s study and then examined the mathematical and scientific reasoning and problem solving skills of their children of 8,11 and 13 year old.
The findings showed that a mother with more internal locus of control before the child was born were more likely to have a child who is good at mathematics and science.
Compared to their peers internally focused mothers provided their child with more brain developing foods and more frequently read stories to them and paid much attention to their child’s academics.
“It is widely known that the locus of control of a child is strongly associated with their academic achievements but until now we didn’t know if mothers; locus of conrol orientataion during pregnancy had a role to play in early childhood,’said the lead author and founder of the children of the 90s study professor Jean Golding OBE.