Study: Yelling At Kids Is Not Effective

5:32 PM, Sep 4, 2013   |    comments
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(WXIA) -- Many parents of teenage children say they're sometimes forced to yell at their kids. But does it work?

A new study out overnight suggests yelling and shouting at teenagers is not the best strategy to raise well-behaved, happy and respectful teens.

Emory University's Dr. Nadine Kaslow, who is also president-elect of the American Psychological Association, told 11Alive News that yelling at teens informs them that raising their voices is the way to deal with stressful situations.

Kaslow also said that yelling causes teens to shut down and negatively affects their self-esteem.

She recommended several other ways of getting through to teenagers, namely problem solving, negotiating and providing positive affirmation when they do things right.

Kaslow added that occasionally raising one's voice is OK, but yelling too often does more harm than good.

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