Science Daily recently covered a study which showed evidence that having healthy relationships coincides with better mental and physical health in young people. Building healthy relationships can be an essential life-saving skill for young people as they grow older. It allows them to find people who will offer healthy support, guidance, and love throughout the years. Yet, many teens struggle with building healthy relationships because they don’t know where to start or how to do it. As a parent, you can help guide them towards building healthy relationships that will benefit them.
The Facts on Relationships
The relationships we build in our lives create a strong foundation for our overall wellbeing. It’s not hard to believe that low-quality relationships bring teens down and come with really negative consequences. The University of Buffalo came out with research confirming not only do low-quality, long-term relationships bring people down, but high-quality ones yield extremely high results. The transition into adulthood has been lengthened, now it’s normal for someone to graduate high school and continue on to university for 4 to 8 years. This means there’s a much larger window for building healthy relationships with peers.
“It’s not being in a relationship that matters; it’s being in a long-term, high-quality relationship that’s beneficial. Low-quality relationships are detrimental to health.” –Ashley Barr, assistant professor in UB’s Department of Sociology in the College of Arts and Sciences
The study shows that being alone is better than being in a low-quality relationship because of the damage it can do to a young person. Negativity from a person you’re around often can rub off on you, making it all the more important to end negative relationships. Combining the stress teens and young adults face with school and work with the stress associated with having negative relationships, can block a young individual from moving forward and becoming successful. A teen building healthy relationships around them can help them thrive in school, at home, and throughout life.