25-year-old to senior age who all talked about the happiness of falling in love : A Part from the Book Chapter : What is the Parents´and Adults´Role in Supporting the Young in their Intimate Relationships?

After having started a research project in the field of love psychology with my colleagues at the University of Lapland, Finland, we wrote numerous studies about the fascination and painfulness of love and falling in love and about love across life course . We collected a lot of empirical data from a large amount of people from 25-year-old to senior age who all talked about the happiness of falling in love and, on the other hand, about the pain and crises it causes.

The love in youth is often fascinating, captivating, and total. It can be like this already when an elementary school student falls for a classmate who sits at the next desk tugging at his/her heartstrings or when a pubescent directs his/her passionate admiration and secret dreams at a public figure. Love is true for many youngsters also in these experiences. Falling in love becomes particularly touching on the threshold of adulthood during the first steps of dating. It can be like grace, anxiety, and fascination simultaneously.

Author(s) Details:

Kaarina Määttä
Faculty of Education, University of Lapland, Rovaniemi, Finland.

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Recent Global Research Developments in Parents Supporting Youth in Their Intimate Relationships

Parental Influence during Adolescence:

  • A study published in the Journal of Youth and Adolescence investigated the impact of parental behaviors during adolescence on young adults’ development [1].
  • Parental acceptance and positive influence at age 13 predicted relative increases in positive personality traits (e.g., agreeableness, conscientiousness, emotional stability) between ages 23 and 27.
  • These early parental behaviors lay a foundation for future positive personality growth.

Romantic Relationships in Late Adolescence:

  • Behaviors experienced in late adolescent romantic relationships play a crucial role.
  • Toleration and appreciation within romantic relationships at age 18 predicted relative increases in:
  • Functional independence.
  • Relational competence (attachment closeness, reliable alliance, nurturance).
  • These positive behaviors prepare youth for broader supportive social relationships and independence skills in young adulthood.

Webs of Support:

  • Relationships with family members (parents, siblings, extended family) significantly impact mental health and well-being.
  • Friendships also contribute to self-esteem, mental health, and overall well-being.

Community-Wide Interventions:

  • To promote healthy relationships, community-wide preventive interventions and interpersonal skill development are recommended.


  1. Szwedo, D.E., Stern, J.A., Kansky, J. et al. Parent and Romantic Partner Behaviors during Adolescence as Predictors of Young Adult Positive Personality, Relational Competence, and Functional Independence. J Youth Adolescence 51, 1926–1943 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10964-022-01641-1
  2. Parent-Child Relationships in Adolescence and Young Adulthood https://www.mdpi.com/journal/youth/special_issues/AX889IW935


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