Your mother’s love life could af­fect your own

The Borneo Post - Nature and health - - Eq -

YOUR mother’s ro­man­tic his­tory may in­flu­ence how many part­ners you have, a new study claims. “Our re­sults sug­gest that moth­ers may have cer­tain char­ac­ter­is­tics that make them more or less de­sir­able on the mar­riage mar­ket, and bet­ter or worse at re­la­tion­ships,” said study lead au­thor Claire Kamp Dush, an as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor of hu­man sciences and so­ci­ol­ogy at Ohio State Univer­sity. “Chil­dren in­herit and learn those skills and be­hav­iours, and may take them into their own re­la­tion­ships,” she said in a univer­sity news re­lease. Kamp Dush’s team an­a­lysed data from na­tion­wide sur­veys of more than 7,100 Amer­i­cans who were fol­lowed for at least 24 years. They found that peo­ple whose moth­ers who had more mar­riages or lived with more ro­man­tic part­ners were likely to fol­low the same path. The study also re­vealed that peo­ple who were ex­posed to moth­ers’ co­hab­i­ta­tion for longer stretches had more ro­man­tic part­ners than did sib­lings who were ex­posed to less co­hab­i­ta­tion. “You may see co­hab­i­ta­tion as an at­trac­tive, lower-com­mit­ment type of re­la­tion­ship if you’ve seen your mother in such a re­la­tion­ship for a longer time,” said Kamp Dush. “That may lead to more part­ners since co-habi­tat­ing re­la­tion­ships are more likely to break-up,” she added. The find­ings sug­gest that moth­ers pass on per­son­al­ity traits and re­la­tion­ship skills that af­fect their chil­dren’s chances of form­ing sta­ble re­la­tion­ships, the study au­thors said. The study was pub­lished in the jour­nal PLoS One.

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