To do so, they examined the lives of about 15,000 girls between the ages of 13 and 14, following them between the years of 2004 and 2010.
After analyzing the results, they found that daughters with stricter parents were more likely to attend college and snag higher-paying jobs. They were also less likely to become teen moms. In fact, parents with high expectations were believed to reduce a teenager’s chance of becoming pregnant by 4 percent, compared to those with “middling aspirations.”
On the other hand, the scientists correlated less pushy moms and dads with poorer grades among kids as well as low-earning wages and unemployment.
“In many cases, we succeeded in doing what we believed was more convenient for us, even when this was against our parents’ will,” said lead researcher Ericka Rascon-Ramirez. “But 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.”