Family Fights May Have A Surprising Upside For Children

There’s nothing fun about a nasty family argument, especially when everyone has gathered for Thanksgiving or some other festive event. And research has linked relationship conflict to anger, depression, anxiety, and other psychological problems.

But a new study published Oct. 10 in the journal Human Communication Research points to a surprising upside for verbal conflict. It suggests that people who are exposed to such arguments during childhood may be better able to handle conflict in their romantic relationships when they grow up.

“Children who have experienced intense and frequent exposure to family conflict may adapt to it and evaluate conflict as normal, typical, or expected,” study co-author Dr. Lindsey S. Aloia, a lecturer of communication at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, told The Huffington Post in an email. “Because these experiences increase a person’s internal ability to adapt to conflict, desensitization is reflected in a diminished physiological reaction to conflict interactions.”

For the study, Aloia and Dr. Denise Solomon, a research professor of communication arts and sciences at Penn State University in University Park, Pa., studied 50 college-aged romantic couples.

First, saliva samples were taken from the study participants to determine their baseline level of the stress —> Read More Here


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