Severe Verbal Discipline Can Backfire On Parents Of Teens.

USA Today (9/4, Hellmich) reports on the findings of a new study published in the journal Child Development that found parents who engage their teens by “shouting…yelling, screaming, swearing, insulting or calling them names,” can “increase the risk that the adolescent will misbehave and suffer symptoms of depression.” Exposure to prolonged stress, and ongoing discipline and criticism can lead to mental health and physical problems, fueling “difficulties and rebellion in kids.” Experts note a better method is constructive consequences, which educate rather than cause humiliation.

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— “Parents: Yelling and swearing at teens can backfire, “Nanci Hellmich, USA Today, September 4, 2013.

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