Why Do We Judge Parents For Putting Kids At Perceived — But Unreal — Risk?

This interesting piece of research caught my attention. US Researchers Ashley Thomas, Kyle Stanford and Barbara Sarnecka found a way to explore the relationship between people’s perceptions of the level of risk in particular situations in which a child might be placed (being left alone in a car, for example) and their evaluation of the moral rightness of the parent. The study found that people’s moral evaluation of the parent informed their perception of the level of risk in a given scenario, rather than vice versa.

There is a lot of excellent scholarship on risk and parenting. Our book, Parenting Culture Studies summarised much of this literature.