Home Health Parents News Now Yelling at Teenagers May Harm Their Mental Health Yelling at Teenagers May Harm Their Mental Health By Holly Lebowitz Rossi December 10, 2013 Advertisement Save Pin FB More Tweet Email Send Text Message Print shutterstock_58824412 30675 "The take home point is that the verbal behaviors matter," Annette Mahoney, who worked on the study, said. She's a professor of psychology at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. "It can be easy to overlook that, but our study shows that the verbal hostility is really relevant, particularly for mothers who scream and hit, and for fathers who do either one," Mahoney told Reuters Health. All of the kids in her study had been referred to a community clinic due to mental health or behavioral problems. Their mothers had to be both verbally and physically abusive to increase the kids' risk for depression and behavior issues. But either kind of behavior alone from a father was sufficient to produce lasting ill effects. The researchers realize that parents can be trapped in a vicious cycle. Verbal abuse "has a cyclical nature to it," said Mahoney. Kids with behavioral or mental health problems can be tough to handle, she said. Image: Parent and teenager arguing, via Shutterstock By Holly Lebowitz Rossi Save Pin FB More Tweet Email Send Text Message Print Comments Add a Comment Be the first to comment! No comments yet. Advertisement Close this dialog window Add a comment Yelling at Teenagers May Harm Their Mental Health Add your comment... Cancel Submit Success! Thanks for adding your feedback.