Interparental Aggression Often Co-Occurs With Aggression Toward Kids

Parents who engage in psychologically or physically aggressive arguments tend to be aggressive with their children as well, according to a new study at Penn State.

The findings, published in the Journal of Family Psychology, show that this “spillover” of aggression toward children causes kids to show greater fear during future episodes of interparental aggression, regardless of the severity of those future incidents, compared to kids who do not experience this spillover effect.

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