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Nagging Moms Influence Teen Girls

A study out of the University of Essex says that nagging moms are actually more likely to prepare their teenage girls to be successful adults, as reported in the Daily Mail.

So don't be scared off when the drama comes and your teen slams her bedroom door in your face for forbidding she attend that party. Once the dust settles, you're actually doing her a favor!

The study, which looked at the lives of schoolgirls aged 13 and 14 from a database of 15,500 pupils, said mothers appeared to be the parent with the greatest nagging power. Their girls were less likely to become pregnant and suffer the setbacks in life that go with being a teenage mother, have more chance of going to university, and are less likely to be unemployed or earn poor wages when they do have employment, as the Daily Mail reports.

"No matter how hard we tried to avoid our parents' recommendations, it is likely that they ended up influencing, in a more subtle manner, choices that we had considered extremely personal," researcher Ericka Rascon-Ramirez said.

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The findings were presented to the conference of the Royal Economic Society. They reveal how parents that high expectations from parents can reduce a teenager's chance of becoming pregnant by four percent compared to parents with "middling aspirations." The effect of teen girls not getting pregnant is that they are less likely to drop out of school, and more likely to go on to college.

The Daily Mail adds that the kids of teenage mothers are more likely to have chronic health problems like obesity, do poorly at school, become teen mothers themselves and end up as poor earners.

Yet despite all this data, Great Britain still has the highest rate of adolescent motherhood in Europe.

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