Emotional experience

Love and falling in love is unforgettable for most of the young people. As a magnificent and extremely powerful emotional experience it fascinates, confuses, and hurts; yet, the young dream of it. The theoretical framework shows that falling in love as a fascinating temporary metamorphosis can respond to dreams but provide painful disappointments as well. Creating and upholding human relationships is not easy and social skills develop along with life experiences. Falling in love touches the youngster´s life strongly, but it is also a learning experience that moulds the young people´s identity and self-appreciation. But how could the ability to fall in love be taught? This article discusses what the parents’ and adults’ role is in supporting the young in their intimate relationships. The main findings show how parents should let the young be happy with what life and love can offer and also help the young to foresee crises. Adults should ensure that problems and conflicts belong to emotional human relationships. It is important to encourage youngsters to learn self-appreciation.

Author(s) Details:

Kaarina Määttä
Faculty of Education, University of Lapland, Rovaniemi, Finland.


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Recent Global Research Developments in the Role of Parents and Adults in Supporting Youth in Intimate Relationships

Exploring parents’ ongoing role in romantic development:

  • A study conducted by Tyler B. Jamison and Hung Yuan Lo at the University of New Hampshire explored how parents influence their children’s romantic development  [1].
  • The research involved relationship history interviews with 35 young adults (ages 24–40).
  • Findings revealed that adult children internalize and apply examples from parents they perceive as good role models.
  • When parents are seen as poor role models, young adults engage in trial and error while seeking partners.
  • Adult children also seek love, affirmation, and support from romantic partners when they feel these were lacking from their parents.

Parent and Romantic Partner Behaviors during Adolescence:

  • Another study investigated how parental acceptance and positive influence behaviors, along with experiences in romantic relationships, contribute to positive development in young adulthood [2].
  • Positive behaviors from parents during adolescence may predict how youth interact with friends and subsequently impact their relational skills for positive romantic relationships.

Special Issue on Parent-Child Relationships in Youth:

  • The journal “Youth” published a special issue on this topic, which includes various research articles [3].
  • You might find valuable insights by exploring the articles in that issue.

References

  1. Jamison, T. B., & Lo, H. Y. (2021). Exploring parents’ ongoing role in romantic development: Insights from young adults. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 38(1), 84-102.
    https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/0265407520958475
  2. Szwedo, D.E., Stern, J.A., Kansky, J. et al. Parent and Romantic Partner Behaviors during Adolescence as Predictors of Young Adult Positive Personality, Relational Competence, and Functional Independence. J Youth Adolescence 51, 1926–1943 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10964-022-01641-1
  3. Parent-Child Relationships in Adolescence and Young Adulthood
    https://www.mdpi.com/journal/youth/special_issues/AX889IW935

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