Sexual Relationships and their Effects on the Mental Health of Teenagers
by jmend3 on April 14, 2014 - 11:49pm
On our individual paths towards adulthood, young adults like ourselves naturally begin to desire to be a part of intimate relationships. This thirst of ours to be ‘loved’ by somebody can easily be attributed to our society’s linkage between having a boyfriend or girlfriend and ‘being happy’ and ‘living happily ever after’. Despite probably thinking that we know everything a lot of the time, teenagers, in reality, are generally too inexperienced and naïve to fully control and comprehend their emotions. This leads sociologists to believe that, although inevitable, we are infact too young to be taking part in such intimate and sexual relationships as they are more than likely just setting us up to get hurt and then making us more susceptible to mental health conditions down the road such as anxiety, depression, and even suicide.
In the academic article Causal Sexual Relationships and Mental Health in Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood, authors Sara Sandberg-Thoma and Claire Kamp-Dush delve in to the subject in hand and confirm the dangers young adults take when they enter a serious relationship. With an over-baring barrage of figures and statistics, this article displays for us how much more incredibly vulnerable these relationships make teenagers to having mental health issues down the road. I’m not always the first to admit it but I undoubtedly suffer myself from forms of anxiety and depression that have come about in the aftermath of a break-up with my girlfriend of three years. I know what it’s like to be in love and I know what it’s like to lose it and, as a result of my experiences, I can’t help but agree with those sociologists because, even though I’m only eighteen, the intimate relationships I have been a part of have certainly taken a toll on me.
Sandberg-Thoma, S. E., & Kamp Dush, C. M. (2014). Casual Sexual Relationships and Mental Health in Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood. Journal of Sex Research, 51(2), 121-130 doi:10.1080/00224499.2013.821440