Connecticut Families Extra: Can moms protect against teen violence?

Connecticut Families

(WTNH) — One in every three adolescents will be in an abusive or unhealthy relationship. But did you know that a mother’s relationship with her child may protect him or her from abuse later on?

Research has shown that teens who live in homes with alcoholism and conflict between parents have a higher risk of being in a violent relationship themselves. So researchers from the University of Buffalo wanted to find out if there are ways to counter this effect. They surveyed more than 140 adolescents, many of whom were exposed to alcoholic dads and conflict. The kids completed surveys in eighth grade and during their junior or senior year of high school.

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Results showed children who experienced positive parenting strategies from their mothers during eighth grade were less likely to be involved in a violent dating relationship as a teen, even if there were high levels of conflict between the parents. The researchers suggest parents have a warm and accepting relationship with the child. Compliment them for their accomplishments and be accepting of who they are

Resources are available for teens in toxic or violent relationships.

Visit the National Teen Dating Abuse helpline at or call the helpline at 1-866-33-9474.

Another resource is the National Domestic Abuse hotline or 1-800-799-7233. Assistance is also available in Spanish at 1-800-787-3224.

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