-- Robert Preidt
FRIDAY, Sept. 2 (HealthDay News) -- A boy's relationship with
his mother changes as he grows up and the way it changes can affect
his behavior when he's a teen, a new study says.
It included 265 mother-son pairs from low-income families in
Pittsburgh who were followed from when the son was 5 years old
through adolescence. The researchers assessed the level of conflict
and warmth between the mothers and sons and other aspects of their
lives, including the son's temperament and behavior, the mother's
relationship with her romantic partner, and the quality of the
Mothers of sons who had a difficult temperament as toddlers said
their relationship with their son included a lot of conflict and
lower levels of closeness over time. The study also found that
mothers who had good relationships with their romantic partner
tended to form closer bonds with their sons that endured throughout
childhood and adolescence.
Boy who had lots of conflict with their mothers were more likely
to engage in delinquent behavior as teens, while boys who had a
close relationship with their mothers were more likely to have a
good relationship with their best friends when they became
The study appears in the journal
"These results suggest that successfully adapting to the transitions of childhood and adolescence may require parents and children to maintain relatively high levels of closeness and minimize conflict in their relationships," lead author Christopher Trentacosta, an assistant professor of psychology at Wayne State University in Detroit, Mich., said in a journal news release.
"The findings also have implications for prevention and intervention," he added. "Family-focused programs should address conflict in the parent-child relationship if the goal is to reduce delinquent behavior, and should foster greater closeness between parents and children if improving peer relationships is the goal."
The Nemours Foundation offers parents an overview of children's
emotions and behavior.
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