Disciplining Teenagers

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Story Updated: Sep 5, 2013

Raising teenagers can be a real challenge! Many American parents admit, there are times when they scream and yell at their teens. Now a new study suggests it may backfire, and actually aggravate problem behavior.

Researchers looked at what they describe as "harsh verbal discipline when parents use psychological force to cause a child discomfort in an effort to correct or control actions. This can be everything from yelling and shouting to insulting a child in an attempt to humiliate him or her into better behavior.

According to a recent nationally representative survey, approximately 90-percent of the parents surveyed admitted to one or more instances of lashing out verbally with children of all ages. But the harshest discipline, including swearing and name calling, was directed at teens 50-percent of the time.

Using data from nearly 1-thousand two-parent families...researchers found that the kids subjected to harsh verbal discipline at age 13 were more prone to depression, more likely to act out at school, lie, steal and fight.

The authors hope these findings help parents tone down the screaming,,,and instead opt for a more constructive discussion.

I'm Dr. Cindy Haines of HealthDay TV with the latest breakthroughs from the world of medicine.

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