Parenting Style at Adolescence Predicts Child’s Ability to Have a Happy Marriage at Adulthood

The Church teaches parents’ are the child’s primary educators.  Moms and Dads, you can’t overestimate the importance of your role in raising children who are capable of having healthy, holy, happy marriage and family lives.

A new study really highlights the importance of giving teens a strong family life.  Here are some of the findings…

  1. Individuals who themselves expressed greater levels of positive engagement in their families as adolescents displayed and received more positive engagement in their marriages, independent of overall family engagement.
  2. Individuals from families that expressed greater levels of positive engagement displayed more positive engagement and less hostility toward their spouses 20 years later; they also reported better relationship quality and less negative behavior.
  3. Individuals from families that expressed greater levels of positive engagement had spouses who displayed more positive engagement and reported more relationship quality; these spouses also displayed less hostility and reported less negative behavior.


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About Dr. Greg

Dr. Gregory Popcak directs the Pastoral Solutions Institute, an organization dedicated to helping Catholics find faith-filled solutions to marriage, family, and personal problems. Together with his wife, Lisa, he hosts More2Life Radio. He is the author of over a dozen books integrating psychological insights with our Catholic faith. For more info about books, tele-counseling and other resources, visit