Culture Post: Serious Dating Can Create Serious Challenges for Teens

*The following is excerpted from an online article posted on MedicalXpress.

Considering a host of social pressures and stresses that adolescents experience, the addition of a relationship to the equation can have a negative impact, according to a study from BYU professor of family life Adam Rogers.

His study followed 100 adolescent couples daily for three months. He looked at common romantic interactions between couples that could predict their daily mood or psychological well-being. His main finding was that certain interactions, especially conflicts, contributed to significant fluctuations in their daily negative mood.

The main explanation for these negative effects is that adolescents are still developing cognitively and emotionally. Rogers suggested that many adolescents do not have the cognitive skills and resources to competently deal with the challenging aspects of relationships.

“Even the most common relationship challenges, such as having a disagreement with your partner, can be felt very intensely by an adolescent, partly because he or she is still maturing in terms of self-regulation, problem solving and other areas,” Rogers said. “The result is that these kinds of experiences can be very emotionally challenging for teens.”

Rogers then found that when adolescents experienced fluctuations in negative mood, these emotions wore off on their significant other to reinforce the negative emotion in the relationship. Previously, people have believed that this only happens in a marriage, but Rogers’ study suggests otherwise.

Rogers’ findings have been published in the Journal of Youth and Adolescence.

Source: MedicalXpress
https://medicalxpress.com/news/2019-03-dating-teens.html

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[reposted by] Jim Liebelt

[reposted by] Jim Liebelt

Jim is Senior Writer, Editor and Researcher for HomeWord. Jim has over 35 years of experience as a youth and family ministry specialist, having served over the years as a pastor, author, consultant, mentor, trainer, college instructor, and speaker. Jim’s HomeWord culture blog also appears on Crosswalk.com and Religiontoday.com. Jim and his wife Jenny live in Quincy, MA.

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