Given there’s been a bit about the problems caused by aggressive young people in the local blogs recently I thought this might be something of interest:
Parents should avoid harsh, combative ways of disciplining their aggressive children. That’s according to psychologists whose new research shows that harsh parenting makes children more aggressive in the long run.
The abstract of the paper referred to says:
Results suggest that children’s early aggressive behavior leads to an increase in their mothers’ use of both reasoning and aggressive discipline; in turn, increased use of aggressive discipline leads to an increase in aggression during both childhood and adolescence.
There are (self admitted) weaknesses in the research, but given the government have just stuck £30 million into parenting training, and are clearly interested in making sure the parents of children that Max describes get support around bringing up their children then perhaps this sort of evidence might be helpful.
Also worth a look (or so I thought) is the Risky Behaviour and Setting Boundaries report from Parentline Plus, which tells us some of the concerns that parents have, and the techniques they’re using to influence the behaviour of their adolescent children.