How Parents Fighting Affects Kids’ Mental Health
This article was adapted from one that appears on the VeryWellFamily website. The full article offers more details and is well worth reading.
Studies show parents fighting affects children’s mental health in several ways. Physical altercations, insults, and tactics such as “the silent treatment,” are just a few of the toxic interactions that are likely to create some emotional damage to a child in the long run.
There’s research to suggest that a child as young as 6 months old can be negatively affected by harsh parental arguments. But it’s not just young kids who are affected by parents fighting – other studies show young adults, up to age 19, can be sensitive to conflicts in their parents’ marriage.
Researchers believe high-conflict marriages take a toll on a child’s mental health for several reasons: