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The negative impact of parental denigration on children

Additional findings from (Rowen & Emery, under review) highlight the negative impact of parental denigration on children. Young adults who reported more frequent parental denigration also reported higher levels of depressive symptoms, less satisfaction with life, and more frequent parental conflict. Further, children from divorced families reported experiencing more painful feelings about divorce, including feelings
of loss and abandonment, maternal or paternal blame, and an increased propensity to see life through the filter of divorce. Importantly, children tended to blame the divorce on the parent who denigrated the other parent (the denigrator), rather than blaming the parent who was the target of criticism (the denigrated).



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