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A New Trend In Dating For Young Adults - HER Week In Health

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In this edition of EmpowHER's, "HER Week In Health", for the week of August 5, 2011, Bailey Mosier discusses a new trend in the dating habits of young adults, how daughters can have an effect on their mother's shopping habits, and how a one-size-fits-all approach to parenting may increase a child's risk for anxiety and depression.

Hi, I’m Bailey Mosier and this is EmpowHER’s HER Week in Health.

Researchers have coined a new term for the courting habits of America’s youth. They call it “stayover relationships.” We’ll find out what that means and we’ll also learn that daughters influence their mother’s shopping habits more than we ever realized. And lastly, a one-size-fits-all approach to parenting may increase a child’s risk for depression and anxiety.

Researchers from the University of Missouri have found that young American adults are engaging in what’s called “stayover relationships” in which they spend three or more nights together each week, but still have their separate living quarters.

“Stayovers” bridge the gap between teenage dating and full-blown adulthood and occur for several reasons.

Most college-aged students don’t have definitive plans of where they’ll work or live after graduation, so stayovers are a way for couples to have comfort and convenience without living together or having long-term plans.

A break from previously established societal norms, this could explain why men and women are marrying later in life – 28 and 26, respectively, according to the most recent U.S. Census data. And with an ever-transient trend of changing jobs and moving around, these “stayover relationships” may become more a staple of adult dating behavior.

In a Temple University study, it was found that teenage daughters have a significant influence on their mother’s shopping habits but that there is no similar affect the other way around.

In a survey of 343 mother-daughter pairs, mothers who were young at heart, had high levels of fashion awareness and view their daughters as style experts tended to imitate their daughters’ shopping choices.

Researchers say these findings suggest the notion of reverse socialization and if you ask me, mothers mimicking their daughters could be viewed as the ultimate compliment.

A three-year study of 214 children and their mothers revealed that a good match between parenting styles and the child’s personality reduced the child’s risk of depression and anxiety symptoms by half.

Researchers from the University of Washington found that parents who take their children’s personalities into account when supporting and disciplining them affected a child’s ability to navigate challenges on their own.

The team said the one-size-fits-all parenting approach should be adjusted, and that parents need to pay special attention to characteristics in their children that may make them particularly vulnerable to anxiety and depression. And if found, parents should factor in how that shapes kids’ reaction to different parenting approaches.

That wraps up your EmpowHER HER Week in Health. Join me here, every Friday, as we recap the latest in women’s health.

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