Parental Yelling Leads to Teen Depression & Aggression

While most parents have probably always assumed yelling at teens and tweens isn’t an ideal strategy, new research demonstrated specifically why it’s harmful. Following young teens starting at age 13, scientists at the University of Pittsburgh found that kids whose parents yelled at them developed symptoms of depression and more behavioral problems—for example, fighting with their peers, trouble in school, and lying to parents—the next year at age 14. Remarkably, the effects of yelling were the same as harsh discipline such as physically pushing or spanking kids. Sadly, how much warmth there was in the parent-teen relationship didn’t lessen the negative effects of yelling.

So next time you’re about to lose your cool, take a deep calming breath and say what you have to say without hostility using a normal conversational voice. Along with avoiding provoking symptoms of depression and aggression in your teens, you’ll increase the chances of them listening attentively and processing your message.

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