Why your romantic partners are your mother

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New national research has shown that people whose mothers are more likely to be married or live together often do one another.

The results suggest that mothers may gain personal qualities and skills that are more likely to compensate for stable relationships.

"Our results suggest that mothers may have certain qualities that are more or less desirable in the marriages market and better or worse," says Dr. Claire Camp Dus, Research Director and Associate Professor at the University of Ohio State University.

"Children are legacy and learn the skills and behaviors they can and their relationships.

The study was published today PLOS ONE.

Although many studies have found that children divorce are also more divorced, this new study is expanding in the picture, Kamp Dush said.

"It's not just a divorce, many children see their parents divorce, start new cohabitation relationships and end up," he said.

"All these relationships can influence children's consequences, because we will see in this study."

The data came from Youth Childhood and Young Adult (NLSY79 CYA) National Late Survey Youth 1979 (NLSY79) and Long-term Survey. Both studies were followed by the same participants at least 24 years.

NSL79 CYA all the data on the research of NLSY79 were biological children, so researchers could get a long-term look of the number of partners of both generations. Studies contain not only information about marriage and divorce but also cohabitation relations and duplication.

Research is conducted by the Human Resources Research Center of Ohio State.

This study includes 7,152 people in the NLSY79 CYA study.

The number of marriages and the number of partners of maternal cohabitation had the same effect as the number of partners they had about their children.

However, the results show that cohabitation of their mothers is more likely to be more affordable than their heads rather than cohabitation.

"You can see cohabitation as an attractive, lower-liability, if you have a relationship for a long time," said Camp Dus.

"This can lead to more partners, because cohabitation relations will worsen."

The study examined three theories about why children are to protect their mothers in the number of relationships.

One theory is that many people are irritated by the economic instability associated with the abolition of the divorce and cohabitation; One partner's income is usually lost. Economic hardship can lead to poor children results and more difficult transition to adulthood, leading to more unstable partnerships, the theory says.

Despite the fact that economic instability is really linked to the number of partners, the control over the economic factors of research does not significantly reduce the number of partners and mothers in partnership. This means that money problems are not likely to be the main reason why many people follow their mothers when it comes to relationships.

The second theory suggests that the actual experience of aborting the breast or recovery of the mother or the numerous disassociation – pushes more partners to children. According to this theory, the older half of the brother who saw that his mother had grown up with many partners should be at a higher risk than the younger half of the brother who had considered many partners as many times.

But it was not the case, Kamp Dush said. The spouse, who was in contact with relationships, had no statistically greater number of partners than the brother who had no instability.

So why do you remember why mothers and their children are partners?

"What results show that mothers can get their weddings' characteristics and relationships skills to their children, better or worse," said Kemp Dusse.

"It may be that more partners have no relationship with big partners or are not in conflict with the well-being or mental health problems each of which can damage relationships and cause instability, maybe these children move to their children and their children's relationships are less stable" .

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