Changing family dynamics can have a huge impact on the health of young adults, particularly as the transition from childhood to adulthood brings many stressors, which can affect decision-making. A new study from the Ohio State University suggests that those who undergo a significant life change, such as the death of a parent or a parental divorce, may see their physical health suffer. The research, published recently in the journal Health Psychology, used a novel method to explore the influence of family dynamics on young adults’ health behaviour.
As young adults leave their parents’ homes to attend college, they take more responsibility for their own decisions, such as what to eat and how to maintain a healthy lifestyle. However, a recent study found that their lifestyle choices were not entirely shaped by their preferences. Young adults whose parents supported healthy behaviours chose to consume more healthy foods such as fruits and vegetables and exercise more.
The teenage years are a time when kids start to make their own personal health decisions. The decisions they make – from whether or not to have sex to whether or not to stop smoking or drinking alcohol – will affect them for the rest of their lives.
When young adults live at home, their parents sometimes influence their health decisions. A new study by researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago shows that family dynamics can directly affect young adults’ health behaviour. They surveyed 2,318 college students aged 18 to 24 to better understand how family environments influence their health decisions.
Family dynamics can have a profound influence on the health of young adults. Growing up in a family of three or more is associated with better average health behaviours, such as BMI, exercise, and alcohol use. Also, having a parent with a mental illness and support from other family members are associated with a better average BMI. However, family dynamics can be associated with poorer average health behaviours when parents are obese or have high BMIs or young adult siblings have health issues.
Family dynamics have a powerful influence on young adults’ health decisions, and studies show that low-income family health role models can increase the likelihood of obesity and poor nutrition. Profiles of young adult health behaviours show that decreasing underage access and drinking and limiting television watching, game playing, and computer use to no more than two hours per day would benefit the most in preventing obesity. Of course, wider-reaching interventions, such as improving access to healthy diets, physical activity, and health care services, along with reducing the social stresses tied to alcohol and drug use, could quickly curb the epidemic rates of adult diseases that young adults face.
However, young adults are especially prone to develop unhealthy behaviours. Family members often influence their decisions. As a result, they can encounter barriers to actively participating in health decisions. Some of these dynamics can potentially increase young adults’ risk for unhealthy behaviours.
Many people don’t realize that family dynamics affect young adults’ health decisions. Young adults need to understand how these dynamics affect their ability to make good decisions about health.
College-aged young adults are starting their own families while entering the workforce, but their health choices often aren’t shaped by their childhood experiences. Family dynamics affect their health decisions, such as whether or not they use tobacco, take drugs, or take care of themselves. While growing up in families with supportive, healthy relationships with family, friends, and peers encourages healthy behaviours, growing up in families without these supports is associated with worse health behaviours and an increase in risky and addictive behaviour.
Family dynamics can affect a young adult’s health decisions. A study recently showed young adults’ overall health is related to their parent’s level of health. The younger the young adult, the worse their overall health. The study found those with low socioeconomic status and in single-parent households had the worst health. The study also showed that young adults who felt their health depended on their parents or who had fewer social resources in their lives also felt their health depended on their parents.
As a young adult, you grow into your body and mind. As you explore your independence, your decisions may have serious consequences for your future health. The decisions you make today about alcohol and drug use, sexual activity, and diet may have repercussions that last a lifetime.
Family dynamics can affect a young adult’s decision to pursue a healthier lifestyle. And that’s led to some frequently negative stereotypes about young parents. But according to a recent study, a family’s lifestyle also has a lot to do with these stereotypes of young adults as irresponsible.
When teens and young adults are confronted with health issues, family dynamics often play a part in their decisions about whether or not to seek help. Having parents who use substances, have a divorce, or have mental health issues can cause anxiety and depression in young people and increase the risk of unhealthy decisions.