Teens' Relationship With Parents Impacts Future Romantic Relationships

Jim Liebelt | Senior Writer, Editor and Researcher for the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family at Azusa Pacific University | Monday, February 10, 2014

Teens' Relationship With Parents Impacts Future Romantic Relationships

The type of relationship a teen shares with his or her parents directly impacts how successful his future romantic relationships will be, a new study finds.

The study was conducted by University of Alberta researchers who examined data from 2,970 people who were interviewed at three stages of life from adolescence to young adulthood spanning ages 12 to 32.

Researchers found that teens who shared a good relationship with their parents enjoyed healthier and high quality romantic relationships as adults. Researchers also noted that recognizing the type of relationship teens share with their parents earlier on can help them stay away from future heartbreaks.

"People tend to compartmentalize their relationships; they tend not to see the connection between one kind, such as family relations, and another, like couple unions," said Matt Johnson, lead author of the study. "But understanding your contribution to the relationship with your parents would be important to recognizing any tendency to replicate behavior -- positive or negative -- in an intimate relationship."

Johnson clarifies that the findings of this study in no way suggests that parents should be held responsible for relationships gone wrong in their children's lives as grownups.

Findings of the study were published in the February issue of Journal of Marriage and Family.

Source: HNGN