Strug­gling in re­la­tion­ships

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Family -

A re­cent study by the Har­vard Grad­u­ate School of Ed­u­ca­tion, “The Talk: How Adults Can Pro­mote Young Peo­ple’s Healthy Re­la­tion­ships and Pre­vent Misog­yny and Sex­ual Ha­rass­ment”, showed an alarm­ingly large num­ber of young peo­ple are strug­gling with form­ing healthy ro­man­tic re­la­tion­ships.

They are also ill-pre­pared to deal with wide­spread misog­yny and sex­ual ha­rass­ment which they en­counter all too fre­quently in their daily lives.

Here are some of the find­ings of the study which sur­veyed and in­ter­viewed some 3,000 young adults and high school stu­dents in Amer­ica as well as adults who were a key in­flu­ence on the young, like par­ents, teach­ers, coaches and coun­sel­lors.

1. Most young peo­ple are not in­ter­ested in “hook­ing-up” fre­quently. Eighty-five per­cent of re­spon­dents said they pref­ered spend­ing time with friends or be­ing in a se­ri­ous re­la­tion­ship.

2. A large num­ber of teens and young adults sur­veyed said they were un­pre­pared for car­ing, last­ing ro­man­tic re­la­tion­ships. They were, how­ever, anx­ious about devel­op­ing such re­la­tion­ships but had no guid­ance on how to do so. Sev­enty per­cent of re­spon­dents aged be­tween 18-25 say they wish they had re­ceived more in­for­ma­tion from their par­ents about re­la­tion­ships and 65% wanted the sub­ject to be ad­dressed at school.

3. About 87% of the women sur­veyed re­ported hav­ing ex­pe­ri­enced some form of sex­ual ha­rass­ment. Yet 76% of re­spon­dents had never had a con­ver­sa­tion with their par­ents about how to avoid sex­u­ally ha­rass­ing oth­ers. Most had also never spo­ken about misog­yny.

4. Al­most half the re­spon­dents (48%) felt that double stan­dards against women did not ex­ist in so­ci­ety. About 33% of the male re­spon­dents thought that men should be dom­i­nant in ro­man­tic re­la­tion­ships.

5. About 39% did not think women were in­ap­pro­pri­ately sex­u­alised in the me­dia.

Young peo­ple, like th­ese stu­dents in this file photo, re­ceive lit­tle or no help in form­ing and main­tain­ing healthy, ful­fill­ing re­la­tion­ships.

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