Russian kids are “becoming more and more aggressive,” a top Russian child psychologist has told pro-Kremlin media.
Elena Moshkova – a family and child psychologist – has claimed that an increase in boisterous behaviour it is largely down to Russian President Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine.
The woman, who describes herself as having 25-years experience but has just a 1.5 star rating on Russia's Pro Doctor website, was talking to the Moskovskij Komsomolets news outlet about a recent spike in aggression of children aged between 13 and 17.
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She said: “The world surrounding our children has changed a lot over the past year.
“The psyche of different people, including children, reacts differently, although most often they themselves do not even realise that something is wrong, everything happens subconsciously.
“Some withdraw into themselves, become less sociable, begin to avoid games with peers.
“For others – and most of them – the accumulated tension results in increased aggression, I think it is this aggression that often causes an increase in violence at school, conflicts and fights between students.”
It was also claimed during the interview that new textbooks featuring the “special military operation” will be used in Russian schools in just a few months time.
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She appeared to slam the books – although she admitted she hadn't seen them – claiming that she was not sure how they would “be able to contribute to mental stability”.
Moshkova added that the current generation of children will be different to previous ones, as past generations were “instilled with the values of pacifism from an early age”, but the current Russia crop have undergone a “demolition” of that.
All hope was not lost, however, as Moshkova had some salient advice for Russian parents.
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She said: “In recent years, our children, alas, have become accustomed to a sofa-computer life, from the point of view of both physical and mental health, most of them really lack physical activity.
“So explain to your daughter or son – in our time you need to be physically strong, because it is not known how life will turn out.
“And one more piece of advice – involve children in the care of those who need care.
“We can talk about refugees, and about your own grandmother, who lives alone, and about homeless animals – helping others, in addition to cultivating responsibility and humanity, also carries a good charge of vivacity and positive.”
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