"What it boils down to is, no matter your IQ, if you feel accepted -- your parents are interested in your education and your future -- you thrive," deLara said.
"If you feel that you are rejected -- your parents show little or no interest in you or your future -- you don't feel good about yourself," she said. "That in itself, promotes poor decision-making. If your decision-making ability is already compromised by lower IQ, this does not bode well for a successful or long life."
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SOURCES: Markus Jokela, Ph.D., department of psychology, University of Helsinki, Finland; Ellen deLara, Ph.D., assistant professor, social work, Syracuse University, N.Y.; Aug. 10, 2009, Pediatrics, online