Past research has linked ver­bally aggres­sive par­enting to changes in children’s brain devel­op­ment and to per­son­ality dis­or­ders later in life, researchers led by Ann Pol­cari write in the journal Child Abuse & Neglect.

Pol­cari, from North­eastern Uni­ver­sity in Boston, and her col­leagues wanted to see whether also receiving affec­tion from par­ents would lessen those impacts.

Their study included about 2,500 young people, ages 18 to 25. They each took a series of online sur­veys as part of being screened for in-​​person tests and inter­views for other research.

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