Navigation Links
A Lesson for Parents: Arguing in Front of Your Teens Has Lasting Impact, Researchers Find
Date:3/9/2009

Nation's Longest-running Mental Health Predictors Study Shows Long-term Influence of Family Conflict

BOSTON, March 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Exposure to family arguments during adolescence has a lasting impact on an individual's mental health and functioning as an adult, according to a study published in the March edition of The Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.

The longitudinal study, led by Simmons School of Social Work Professor Helen Reinherz, shows adolescents who reported increased arguments at age 15, compared with their peers, had an elevated risk of major depression, alcohol abuse/dependence, drug dependence, and adult antisocial behaviors at age 30. These participants also had a twofold risk for being unemployed as adults.

The study, lead-authored by co-investigator Dr. Angela Paradis of the Simmons Longitudinal Study, also shows that adolescents who reported exposure to family violence by age 18 are significantly more likely than their peers to have a mental disorder, including alcohol and drug abuse/dependence, lower self-esteem, and lower overall life satisfaction at age 30. Additionally, the study indicates that overall physical health was compromised by earlier exposure to family physical violence.

"It was no surprise that we found long-term effects of exposure to physical violence, but the documentation of the potential lasting influence of verbal conflict is significant," said Reinherz. "We believe that exposure to increased family arguments in adolescence served as an important marker for impaired functioning into adulthood."

For 32 years, Reinherz has served as principal investigator of the Simmons Longitudinal Study, the nation's longest-running study of predictors of good or poor mental health from early childhood onward. Funded by the National Institute of Mental Health and the Health Resources and Services Administration, the study tracked nearly 400 residents of Quincy, Mass., from the time they entered kindergarten in 1977 until their mid-30s today.

The research interviewed the children and their parents and teachers at key points in the youths' lives, looking for major risk factors that are likely to lead to mental health problems in adulthood, and for protective factors to serve as buffers from life's rough spots. The study was designed to help parents, teachers, mental health professionals, policy makers and others improve early identification and treatment of mental health issues.

The study authors were Paradis, Reinherz, Dr. Rose Giaconia, and Kirsten Ward of the Simmons Longitudinal Study, and Dr. William Beardslee of Harvard Medical School, and Dr. Garrett Fitzmaurice of the Harvard School of Public Health.

For more information describing the work of the study and publications of some of its findings, visit www.simmons.edu/ssw/sls.

The Simmons School of Social Work (www.simmons.edu/ssw) has a nationally acclaimed clinical social work program and is one of the oldest schools of social work in the nation. Simmons College (www.simmons.edu) is a nationally recognized private university located in the heart of Boston.

Available Topic Expert(s): For information on the listed expert(s), click appropriate link.

Helen Reinherz

https://profnet.prnewswire.com/Subscriber/ExpertProfile.aspx?ei=39935


'/>"/>
SOURCE Simmons College
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Ocular Pharma Company Charlesson Announces $2.35MM in New Funding
2. Lessons Learned in Securing Top Talent During University Recruiting
3. Love and Diabetes: dLife Valentines Day Quiz Tests and Teaches Important Relationship Lessons for People With Diabetes
4. Safe water? Lessons from Kazakhstan
5. LIFE Foundation Asks Public to Vote to Determine its $5,000 Life Lessons College Scholarship Winner
6. Hospitals apply lessons learned in the airline industry to improve operating room safety
7. National Lessons from State Health Reform: The Massachusetts Case Study
8. Swimming Lessons Dont Increase Drowning Risk, Study Says
9. Tips for Parents: Teaching Children to Resolve Conflicts
10. Parents: With Halloween Candy, Focus on Choice and Time to Prevent Teeth Decay
11. Bad Children Can Happen to Good Parents: A Survival Manual for Parents of Difficult Children by Norman E. Hoffman, Ph.D.
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... IsoComforter, Inc. ( https://isocomforter.com ), ... of an innovative new design of the shoulder pad. The shoulder pad provides ... while controlling your pain while using cold therapy. By utilizing ice and water that ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... Asante, a nationally ... care, have expanded their existing home health joint venture through an agreement, effective ... operating a joint venture home health company with Asante, delivering clinically integrated care, ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... Dr. Parsa ... contributed a medical article to the newly revamped Cosmetic Town journal ... the hair transplant procedure known as Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE). , ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... D.C. (PRWEB) , ... October 12, 2017 , ... Leading ... their peers in Washington, D.C., for the 49th Congress of the International Society ... ., Vice President of the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... ... of Michigan’s 2017 Best and Brightest in Wellness® by Best and Brightest. OnSite ... program on Friday, Oct. 20 from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:9/28/2017)... CHICAGO , Sept. 28, 2017 Hill-Rom ... quarter 2017 earnings conference call and webcast on Friday, ... 8:00 a.m. (EDT) and ending at approximately 8:30 a.m. ... to discussing the company,s 2017 financial performance and guidance ... growth opportunities, initiatives to enhance operational performance, and long-range ...
(Date:9/25/2017)... 2017   Montrium , an industry leader ... the IQPC Trial Master Files & Inspection Readiness ... EastHORN Clinical Services has selected eTMF Connect ... management. EastHORN, a leading European contract research organization ... transparency to enable greater collaboration with sponsors, improve ...
(Date:9/22/2017)... 2017 AVACEN Medical (AVACEN) announced that its ... helping those with the widespread pain associated with fibromyalgia ... in Essex, England commented, "I ... experiencing no sleep at all, tremendous pain, with every ... recommend [the AVACEN 100] enough, how this has and ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: