Ways parental conflict affects a child’s mental health (and things parent should do to manage it)

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Every child looks to their parents for advice, guidance and support, which is why, if parents express their most unpleasant feelings to their children, it can confuse them, make them uncomfortable.

Studies have shown that parental struggles affect their children in the most negative ways. Parents engage in toxic arguments, name-calling and insulting each other, which can lead to misconceptions in the minds of children, leading to emotional damage.

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Researchers at the University of Oregon have found that 6-month-old babies can be negatively influenced by their parents’ harsh arguments. In addition, young adults under the age of 19 may be affected by the same. It suggests that parental relationships affect how they decide to conduct their activities, how their children grow up or manage their problems.

Therefore, some of the negative effects of parental conflict on children include feeling insecure, stressed, confused about the future, and can also stress the parent-child relationship. Given that parents involved in a fight may not feel right or may be distracted by an ongoing crisis, they are less likely to pay attention to the child’s needs and wants.




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