12 “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you. (Exodus 20:12 ESV)
The fifth of the Ten Commandments found in Exodus 20 states that we are to honor our Father and Mother. It is also the only commandment that comes with a promise that the Hebrews would live long in the land if they did.
And a recent study conducted by researchers from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has come to a similar conclusion, Study Finds reports.
In their study, the group tracked 15,700 adolescents aged 12 to 17 over a 14-year period and discovered that those in their teen years who maintained a healthy relationship with their parents lived a longer life than those who didn’t.
“The overall pattern of these results suggests strong relationships between adolescents and their mothers and fathers leads to better health and well-being in young adulthood,” said Dr. Carl Ford in the group’s news release.
The study also found that those teens with better relationships with their parents also tended to be better off in other areas when they are in their 20s and 30s.
Compared to their counterparts who had a strained relationship, those with a good relationship tended to be:
- More optimistic,
- Less stressed,
- Less depressed,
- Had ‘healthier romantic’ relationships,
- Less likely to be addicted to drugs and alcohol, and
- Less likely to have an unwanted pregnancy.
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