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Consequences of Hurried Child Syndrome

Consequences of hurried child syndrome. According to the Federal Government, Students can’t write WAEC if they aren’t up to 16 years of age. Also they  can’t enter university if they aren’t 18 years which brings up this question. ‘To what limit?’, ‘Are this child not academically sound?’ and some other questions that questions the rule. Although Psychologists realize the rush isn’t necessary. Moreover it can affect the child or student which is why the federal Government had to legalize it.

The Hurried Child Syndrome was coined by Dr David Elkind. Dr David is a child psychologist and author. He describes it as “a set of stress-linked behavior, which result when a child is expected by his (her) parents to perform well beyond his or her level of mental, social or emotional capabilities. Basically, parents over schedule their children’s lives, push them hard for academic success, and expect them to behave and react as miniature adults.”

Furthermore, this  article explains ‘ The consequences of Hurried child syndrome’. Before we dive in,

What Is Hurried Child Syndrome?

Hurried Child Syndrome is a condition that occurs when the parent of a child overwhelms them with so many expectations. This includes academic stress, mental and emotional stress which accumulates to a serious health condition. However, This is a syndrome that a lot of psychologists are still investigating and discovering that these students can later become mentally ill when they get older.
In a layman words, it means the act of rushing the child for education and ensuring he/she becomes a doctor or lawyer at a particular age. Although the parents has to be the one to deem it acceptable which leads to the pressure that arises from them.

The Consequence of Hurried Child Syndrome.

Most psychologists and sociologists agree that Hurried Child Syndrome is not the best for any child as they might later slack off in the future which is why we will be discussing some of the consequences of Hurried Child Syndrome.

01. Anxiety:
Anxiety is the state of being in constant fear. Children whose education is too fast paced can feel anxious at some crucial phase of their life. When they go for an exams or tests that might be too challenging for them. Also they can end up with anxiety attacks every time they have an exam. Although this can also lead to them failing the exam.

02. Depression:
Hurried Child Syndrome can easily lead a child or student into depression. However, when they are constantly pushed to do things beyond their mental capacity, it can affect them along the line. Also, students who has parents that set unrealistic expectations for them can also end up having depression if they are unable to meet up to it.

03. inferiority Complex:
Students who are not yet of age to attend a university can begin to feel inferior when they get there. However, if a child or student is of the appropriate age group to be in university. The student will be able to blend in easily and adjust to their new environment and lifestyle. Moreover, a child needs to attain a certain level of maturity before they can function properly in the university environment.


However, there is no good side to Hurried Child Syndrome except if the child is willing to go through the rush and ignore the fact that there is parental pressure. However, the child might survive the pressure. Also Parents find it hard to select schools that accept children without age restrictions. Some would even lie about their child’s age which is also not a good act and should not be encouraged.
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