I grew up in a household of yellers. To be fair, my family members are loud talkers, so when they wanted to raise their voices, my parents resorted to shouting, and sometimes even screaming. It wasn't until I had my own kids and found myself raising my voice a lot that I began to research the question, "how does screaming affect your child later in life?"
To answer that question, it's important to learn why parents yell. According to Healthline, parents most often yell when they feel overwhelmed and angry. These emotions often translate into raised voices, which when directed toward a disobedient child, will only temporarily placate the situation. The New York Times suggested that parental yelling can also be the releasing of pent up stress that comes with being the kind of multitasking, overachieving adult that 21st century parents are expected to be.
In previous generations, spanking, whipping, and other forms of corporal punishment were the disciplinary norm. It wasn't uncommon for an angry, stressed-out parent to turn to physical punishment. As spanking has become reviled, many parents have turned to yelling or screaming as a form of discipline. But is screaming any less traumatizing for children than spanking? The answer may be, no.
Here are some ways screaming can affect your child later in life.