A new scientific study published on May 24, 2021 in the journal Development and Psychopathology shows a somewhat odd correlation. It indicates that adolescents withIntense romantic relationships, which go so far as to prevent self-discovery and the building of a friendly circle, may then develop hypertension later in life.
Clearly, having very long adolescent love affairs would not be good for future health. But, more surprisingly still, the study showed that this correlation between intense adolescent love and hypertension was then stronger in adolescents whose parents were involved, and exercised psychological control over their teenager.
The romantic relationship absorbs time and energy to an unusual degree
The study was conducted with 146 participants aged 17 to 19, who then had their blood pressure measured at the age of 29 to 31. The researchers also analyzed data from a study that began in 1998 and included 184 participants, then 13 years old.
“These are children or people who are in a relationship and a little overwhelmed by events. It’s not just that they have a good romantic relationship. It’s a relationship that somehow absorbs their time and energy to an unusual degree, ”commented Joseph Allen, lead author of the study.
Because, as the scientist points out, spending a lot of time with his or her partner means spending less time alone or with friends.
“Having parents who control everything is also part of the model”, Added the researcher, pointing out that these parents tend to make their teenagers feel guilty if they don’t play by the rules.
Note that participants also reported having chaotic friendships as young adults. For Joseph Allen, it’s as if these teens never learned how to maintain healthy friendships.
The stress caused by the lack of friends would be involved
“What we think is that having relationships that don’t go well is one of the most stressful things that humans go through, because we are animals that live in packs”, Joseph Allen said in a communicated.
“You know, you can have all the money in the world, but if your relationship is bad, you won’t be happy. So we think that it’s the stress of having these bad relationships, these problematic relationships that ultimately predict that [les adolescents] will have higher blood pressure later in life” He continued, adding that there is a lot of evidence that stress at different times in life predicts higher blood pressure levels afterward.