PHOENIX - If you had a bad childhood, don’t worry – it may be good news for your future.
Well, that's at least what researchers of a recent study are suggesting.
According to the study from the University of Cambridge and the MRC Unit for Lifelong Health and Aging, there may be a greater chance of divorce for adults who had a happy teen life.
That's right: a happy teen life. Many may think it would be the opposite.
But according to the report on PsychCentral.com , there may be a link between an optimistic teenage life and a sense of happiness in your adult years.
The report says it’s believed that happy teens grow up to have higher levels of self-esteem, which leads to adults being more confident in leaving a marriage when it goes sour.
In the study, researchers took data from nearly 3,000 teenagers 13 to 15 years old in the 1940s and rated them on levels of happiness, friendship, and energy. They were also rated on negative features such as anxiety, fearfulness, diffidence, and avoiding attention.
These were all then tied to the child’s mental health, relationships, work experience, social activities, etc. and now in their adult lives, whether or not they got divorced.
But, in the end, getting out of a bad marriage may be a good thing anyway.
What do you think of this study? Do you agree with this link between a happy childhood and a divorce down the line? What factors do you think play an important role?
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