The relationship between parents and their teens may be an important factor to determine success and failure in their romantic liaisons, says a research study by a relationship expert Mathew Johnson. Experts explored the complexities of romantic ties and teens’ relationships with their parents. The ties that bind parents and teens, whether stormy or peaceful, will affect the child’s romantic relationship when he or she grows up. These effects last long and can be seen even after 15 years of the child becoming independent from their parents.
Exploring the relationship between parents and their teens
Your teen’s success and failure in their romantic relationships later on in life depends on the type of conjunction they share with their parents. A survey by an expert from the University of Alberta took a sample of 2,970 individuals coming from different backgrounds. They were interviewed at three different stages of life from adolescence to young adulthood spanning from ages 12 to 32. A surprising aspect of this study is that the parent-teen relationship has lasting effects which stretch up to 15 years of the teen becoming pregnant.
Precaution is better than cure
Teens can be saved a lot of failed relationships if parents are aware of this connection well before the child’s teenage. This might be a small discovery but it is very crucial to understand the effects a parent-adolescence relationship can have on the intimate relationship even after 15 years after the child has crossed the threshold of adolescence.
It is not surprising that the study suggests that a good parent-teen relationship leads to a better quality of intimate relationships when the child grows up. Teens compartmentalize their relationships, says the research, but they do not differentiate between the kind of relationship it is. Teens’ input in their relationship with their parents affects their behavior when they are in a romantic relationship. They have tendency to replicate behavior when they are in any type of relationship.
Who is to blame?
That doesn’t mean parents are to blame if their child has had a failed relationship. It is important to know that both parents and teens have to give a contribution as far as their relationship is concerned. It is crucial that everyone assumes responsibility for their actions in a relationship.