A child's mental and physical health is at risk if the parents fail to resolve their disagreements, a new study conducted by researchers at charity OnePlusOne reveals.
The researchers found that children who are exposed to constant feuding between their parents not only suffer from mental problems, but also physical ailments such as headaches and stomach pains.
The researchers added that parents who make the children a focal point of their arguments, sulk, walk away or slam doors often increase their children's risk of social, emotional and behavioral difficulties, while the children react better when the conflict is resolved.
"We know that conflict is a normal and necessary part of family life. It's not whether you argue but how you argue which matters most to kids. Research suggests that over time, the impact of being exposed to arguing between their parents can put children's physical health at risk. Evidence has shown that headaches, abdominal pains and even reduced growth can be brought on by the insecurity a child can feel by seeing their parents at war", Dr Catherine Houlston, who is the co-author of the book, Parental Conflict: Outcomes And Interventions For Children And Families, said.