New research has revealed that teenagers who spend more quality time with their parents are more likely to want to go to university.


The study shows that those who get involved in cultural activities, like visiting museums and art galleries, with their parents tend to want to continue their education into third level.


These teenagers also seemed to be more driven to attend third level education than those who took part in homework clubs or extracurricular activities.


To put that in figures, those who were exposed to cultural activities with their parents were from 14%-23% more likely to find exams important and to want to continue their education or further training.


Dr Dimitra Hartas, of the University of Warwick, told Western Daily Press: "Filial dynamics such as emotional closeness to parents and cultural capital were better predictors than more school driven parent child interactions." 



The study got it’s information from the annual survey, United Kingdom Household Longitudinal Study, which was carried out by the University of Essex and was published in the Journal of Youth Studies.


The study of nearly 11,000 adolescents also found that young boys were less aspirational than those slightly older and girls in general.


In addition, those who seemed to have a lower level of general well-being were 18% more likely to choose not to go on to third level education.

Dr Hartas added: "This raises the issue of reconsidering the role of the home environment as a web of emotionally and intellectually charged relationships between parents and children rather than an extension of the school day.”


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