Even when a family has an otherwise warm relationship, parents who yell at their children likely just make bad behavior worse, according to a University of Pittsburgh study set to be published next year in the journal Child Development.
The study looks at 967 teenagers and their parents from 10 public Pennsylvania middle schools. Over two years, participants finished surveys about mental health, child-raising tactics, and relationship quality. The researchers said schools can help to “target conduct problems in youth and also to reach parents through the messages they send home with their children,” the study concludes.
A version of this article appeared in the September 18, 2013 edition of Education Week as Teenagers