"Roman Candle" turns 20: Secrets of Elliott Smith's accidental masterpiece (slideshow)
Elliott and the friends with whom he recorded in middle school in Texas (photo courtesy of Dan Pickering)
A new study on parental stress and child development found that parents struggling with anxiety, depression or other stresses are often less able to read and interpret their children’s needs, and that this emotional disconnect may have long-term consequences for a child’s development.
Researchers at Ireland’s Trinity College interviewed the parents of 11,000 9-month-old babies, following up with two subsequent interviews with these parents and children over a five-year period. Looking at a range of development milestones such as crawling and grasping items and social skills such as cooperation and communication, researchers found that the children of stressed parents — parents who often struggled to read and interpret their children’s needs — experienced delays in these areas.
While household income or whether a child was raised in a single or two-parent household had no bearing on how the average 9-month-old developed, parental pressure related to financial deprivation and inadequate support were found to take a toll on children.
“These findings show that, even from a very young age, the sensitivity that parents show when interacting with their babies is important for their development,” report co-author Elizabeth Nixon said of the study.
“What matters is relationship and interactions between the family. Obviously, if families are in economic difficulty, it does have an impact but children can be protected,” she continued. “You don’t need money to have a good relationship and lots of positive, stimulating reactions.”
Heatmiser publicity shot (L-R: Tony Lash, Brandt Peterson, Neil Gust, Elliott Smith) (photo courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Elliott and JJ Gonson (photo courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
"Stray" 7-inch, Cavity Search Records (photo courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Elliott's Hampshire College ID photo, 1987
Elliott with "Le Domino," the guitar he used on "Roman Candle" (courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Full "Roman Candle" record cover (courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Elliott goofing off in Portland (courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Heatmiser (L-R: Elliott Smith, Neil Gust, Tony Lash, Brandt Peterson)(courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
The Greenhouse Sleeve -- Cassette sleeve from Murder of Crows release, 1988, with first appearance of Condor Avenue (photo courtesy of Glynnis Fawkes)