Yelling, cursing at kids tends to backfire - - Jackson, MS

Yelling, cursing at kids tends to backfire

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

While yelling at your teens may make you feel better, new research finds harsh verbal discipline may actually aggravate their bad behavior.

The study of nearly 1,000 families showed that teens whose parents shouted, cursed or verbally humiliated them were more likely to have depression symptoms than teens not disciplined this way. Harsh verbal discipline was also linked to behavior problems like misbehaving in school, stealing, and fighting.

Experts say a better alternative is to have a discussion warning teens about the consequences of their behavior.

-Study led by researchers at University of Michigan and University of Pittsburgh and published in ''Child Development"

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