Madrid, Feb 19.- The acceptance of romantic myths among youngsters can lead to episodes of gender violence, warned today a study by the University of Granada in Spain.
The research assessed the internalization of false love concepts in people aged 18 to 35 years.
According to a survey conducted on a sample of 153 youngsters, around 70 percent of them believe that 'love can be able of everything', 'there is only one half for me' and 'love is blind'.
In addition, only 13.7 percent of participants assured that happiness is possible without having a relationship, while the rest sustained that you cannot be happy without a love partner.
The authors of the study warned that 'the main problem is that these ideas are consolidated among women and at the same time they are strengthened in men'.
False concepts of romantic love promote machismo and can even generate cases of gender violence, they warned. According to the study, most of the myths in such sense relegate the woman to a secondary level in which the man must protect or subdue her.
The report ratified that such beliefs also give women characteristics such as patience, sweetness, understanding and the role of caregiver in the family.
Meanwhile, those erroneous ideas assign to man the duty to protect and maintain the family, and values such as aggressiveness, courage and worth at work.
For researchers, the traditions of these myths must disappear completely, by means of awareness campaigns that prevent situations of violence and encourage positive values. (Prensa Latina)