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Deborah Gilboa, MD Are you hurting your children through verbal abuse?
So hitting is bad for our kids, but it turns out that insulting, cursing at, and in some cases just screaming can be almost as bad! Most parents will yell at times. But this study proves what most of us already know - it doesn't work. Further, it goes on to show the very real harm - up to two years worth - that verbally assaulting our kids can do. It's not as bad as physically hurting our kids, but it's not doing them any good, either. Worse news? Even kids who are strongly bonded to their parents and know their parents love them have trouble when they are verbally attacked. Among other problems? An increase in teen conduct problems and depressive symptoms. This is a strong reminder to reign in our anger, as we want our kids to do. To find other ways to communicate, or give ourselves a "time out" if we can't. Our kids are always learning from us, we have to think about what lessons we are teaching.
Most parents who yell at their adolescent children wouldn’t dream of physically punishing their teens. Yet their use of harsh verbal discipline—defined as shouting, cursing, or using insults—may be just as detrimental to the long-term well-being of adolescents.
That’s the main finding of a new study led by Ming-Te Wang, assistant professor of psychology in education in the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Education and of psychology in Pitt’s Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences. The results were published online today in the journal Child Development.
Research has shown that a majority of parents use harsh verbal discipline at some point during their child’s adolescence. Relatively little research has been done, however, into understanding the effects of this kind of discipline…
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