Family Fighting: Does Stress At Home Cause Friend Drama?

10/07/2011 01:22 pm ET | Updated Dec 07, 2011

When you're breaking up with your boyfriend or girlfriend, or fighting a lot with your parents, it can sometimes feel like everything in your life is going wrong. A recent study of high school freshmen found that arguments at home may affect teens' school lives, and that fighting with friends can cause arguments at home.

The students completed a diary checklist at the end of each day for two weeks where they recorded their emotions and events which had occurred that day, including arguing with parents and friends.The psychologists who led the study found that teens were more likely to get into arguments with family members on days that they got into arguments with their friends or peers. The opposite was true as well: teens who experienced family conflict spilled over into conflicts with their peers for the next couple days. Dr. Andrew Fugnili called it a "family-peer spillover of conflict.” The study also showed the effects of family conflict to be more long-lasting.

Do you agree -- does conflict spill over from your family to your friends, and vice versa? Or can you keep your home and school lives separate? We want to hear what you think!

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