The slum dwellers are often seen quarreling with each other which seriously affects the psychology of the children belonged to those families.

I doubt about its use as a post modifier, if any objection please say.

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    belonging to those families or simply "in those families". Also, a minor quibble: it isn't the being seen quarreling, but the quarreling, which affects their psychology.
    – TimR
    Apr 6, 2015 at 13:23
  • Thanx,but I didn't understand your later objection. If I say -The slum dwellers quarrel with each other and seeing such incident their children get psychologically affected. Is there any mistake?if not..doesn't my sentence(in question) imply to the same meaning? Apr 6, 2015 at 13:40
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    OK. Your use of the passive voice ("are often seen quarreling") did not make clear that it was the children who were seeing the people quarrel. So, let's rearrange the sentence: The psychology of children living in these slums is adversely affected by their witnessing the frequent quarrels that break out among the adults in the family. (or "among the adults in their families")
    – TimR
    Apr 6, 2015 at 14:58

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The use is not correct. Rather than try to force the word "belonged," where it really does not (ahem) belong, I would offer this rewrite:

"...psychology of those families' children."

Again, an analytical struggle over a single word often hints at a structual problem in the sentence rather than with the word itself.

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