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:12/9/2016)... ... December 09, 2016 , ... Sober College, the game-changing ... grand opening of the Sober College Robert Pfeifer Memorial Learning Center at its ... and was attended by an overwhelming amount of alumni, family, colleagues and friends ...
(Date:12/9/2016)... ... December 09, 2016 , ... Mediaplanet today announces distribution of the latest edition ... to sign up as an organ donor for the 123,000 people in the United ... donor can save up to 8 saves through organ donation and enhance many others ...
(Date:12/9/2016)... ... December 09, 2016 , ... MEDI+SIGN®, a ... today that a new solution for Emergency Departments (ED) has been added to ... in Emergency Department examination rooms, and with a simplified pallet of information available ...
(Date:12/9/2016)... Harrisburg, PA (PRWEB) , ... December 09, 2016 ... ... concussion education program through the Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN) during the summer of ... Brain Injury Implementation Grant provided by the United States Department of Health and ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... ... December 08, 2016 , ... The Florida ... Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS), the leading authority in hyperbaric medicine. This ... Only a few hospitals and facilities have earned this distinction. This is the ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:12/9/2016)... DUBLIN , Dec 9, 2016 ... "High-Throughput Screening Market - Forecast to 2021" report to ... ... adoption of open innovative models in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology ... spending and rising government funding. Emerging markets and growing research ...
(Date:12/9/2016)... , Dec 9, 2016 Research and Markets ... 2016-2020" report to their offering. ... The global travel vaccines market to grow ... The report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of ... size, the report considers the revenue generated from the sales of ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... LONDON , Dec. 8, 2016 Australia ... GlobalData,s new report, "Australia Ophthalmic Lasers Market Outlook to ... Lasers market. The report provides value, in millions of ... within market segements - Excimer Lasers, Femtosecond Lasers and ... and distribution shares data for each of these market ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: