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SUICIDE PREVENTION DAY 2020: How parent educators help | by Dr. Popkin

Child Abuse Linked to Increased Odds of Suicide Attempts, Ideation

This headline, from a recent article in Physician’s Weekly provides a sobering reminder of the long-term effects of the work we parent educators do. Parents who are unable to control their emotions, or who were taught that physical harm is the only way to discipline, damage their children in many hidden ways.

Another report from Science Daily shows that Children who experience physical, sexual, and emotional abuse or neglect are at least two to three times more likely to attempt suicide in later life, according to the largest research review carried out on the topic. The study was published in the journal Psychological Medicine.

With effective parent education, we are better able to stop the cycle of abuse by helping parents learn how to take care of themselves and by providing nonviolent discipline methods.

Click here for a full article on how the Active Parenting model helps reduce the risk of child abuse.


Active Parenting Publishers founder and president Michael H. Popkin, Ph.D. has been providing research-based education programs with an emphasis on nonviolent discipline, mutual respect, and open communication for over 35 years. He is widely known for his expertise in the field of parent education and has appeared on over 100 TV programs, including CNN and The Oprah Winfrey Show.