Yelling at Adolescents Makes Teen Behavior Worse
(Ivanhoe Newswire)— Using harsh verbal discipline with your children when they are adolescents may aggravate problem behavior when they become teenagers.
Researchers at the Universities of Pittsburgh and Michigan looked at 967 two-parent, middle-class families and their children. Using surveys of the parents and children, along with behavioral analyses of the children, researchers found using harsh verbal discipline with children before the age of 13 made the children show more depressive symptoms and conduct problems after age 14 compared to those who didn’t receive verbal discipline.
"The notion that harsh discipline is without consequence is misguided because parents' warmth didn't lessen the effects of harsh verbal discipline,” lead study author Ming-Te Wang was quoted as saying. "Indeed, harsh verbal discipline appears to be detrimental in all circumstances.”
For more information, go to: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/cdev.12143/abstract
SOURCE: Child Development, September 2013
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