n South African Journal of Psychiatry - Parenting style and conduct problems in children : a report of deliberate self-poisoning in a Nigerian child : case report

Volume 17, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1608-9685
  • E-ISSN: 2078-6786



A correlation between unhealthy parenting styles and child psychopathology has been established. This case report describes how chronic harsh paternal parenting caused a young boy to deliberately poison himself with organophosphate chemicals (rat poison). This report is intended to stimulate the interest of physicians and psychiatrists in parenting style research and in how parenting style modification can be a therapeutic and preventive tool.

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