Researchers find Impact of Parent’s Tone on Teenager’s Emotional Response

A recent study finds that the tone of parents’ voice affects the emotionality of children. Teens are more likely to respond when their mother uses a commanding tone to speak. Hence, researchers ascertain response rate as a function of the initial speech or command. Dr. Netta Weinstein from Cardiff University pioneered the research that involved a sample of over 1,000 people. Children aged 14-15 years were a part of the test sample. Previously, several studies for impact of parental attitudes on children’s emotional health conducted. However, the study in question is the first to address the impact of the mother’s voice on a child’s emotional responses. The researchers find that children have different responses to varying levels of command and voice connotations.

 Defining Multiple Tones of a Message

 The findings of the research published in the Developmental Psychology journal. The sample included 514 females and 486 male members from the target group. The researchers randomly divided the participants in three sets of responders. Each group was made to listen to the same pre-recorded message from mothers. However, the tone of the message varied for all three groups of people. The tones were controlling, neutral, or autonomy-supportive. The researchers recorded the responses of the children to all the tones.

 Responses from Teenagers

 Most children who heard the message in a controlling tone responded negatively. The responses were positive from children who heard the message in an autonomy-supportive tone. The children felt a sense of greater encouragement with an autonomy-supportive tone as against a neutral one. The messages were centred around peculiar instruction related to completion of school work and assignments.

 The study finds that parents should not resort to a firm or commanding tone while trying to discipline teenagers. The research study could act as a means to develop a guidebook for parenting teenagers.