argument top image

Do childhood experiences determine behavior in later life? Show more Show less
Back to question

Traumatic events in childhood create phobias, likes and dislikes, and even core personality features. For example, abusers tend to have been abused themselves. The flip side is also true, college students succeed more if they have support from their parents. Also, siblings come into play. Children with opposite-sex siblings tend to have happier marriages if they are wed to the opposite sex.

Yes, childhood experiences determine behavior later in life Show more Show less

It is clear that experiences in childhood encode and determine behavior later in adult life.
(1 of 3) Next position >

Coming from a broken family results in the child forming unhealthy romantic relationships as an adult

People who grow up in loving and happy families tend to foster loving and happy families as adults. Conversely, research suggests that people who grow up in broken families tend to form unhealthy relationships.

The Argument

Studies suggest that children who come from broken families are more likely to have problems forming lasting relationships. It is suggested that people with divorced parents are more likely to marry someone who also comes from a broken family, increasing the likelihood of their divorce. Although all adults in a relationship argue, they have a tendency to resolve issues which teaches their children that after an argument things can be resolved. If the parents separate or divorce, the child does not learn this lesson, and walks away from relationships with the idea that the problems cannot be solved together. [1] Further studies suggest that for females, the absence of a father in their life impacts their relationship choices. The father generally builds their daughter’s confidence, which helps them develop standards when choosing partners. Some children who come from broken families choose not to marry.

Counter arguments

It is contended that all children that come from broken homes are not bad at forming romantic relationships. Some of the children from broken families take into account the mistakes of their parents to make their romantic lives more successful. These individuals become emotionally strong adults due to the range of emotions they have endured. It helps them understand that people have differences, and no one is going to be perfect, allowing them to have an open-mind towards others, making them great companions. Although they tend to be guarded around people, when they do trust someone, they are loyal and have value for the simple pleasures in life. These individuals can grow up to be self-sufficient and motivated due to having to channel their negativity into a positive process, and will use their lessons to ensure that any children they decide to have will feel loved and happy. [2]

Proponents

Premises

Rejecting the premises

References

  1. https://www.theatlantic.com/family/archive/2019/05/divorced-parents-marriage/590425/
  2. https://medium.com/philosophy-logic/be-with-someone-who-comes-from-a-broken-family-277bd45f8e1
This page was last edited on Sunday, 4 Oct 2020 at 21:30 UTC

Explore related arguments