Introduction: Interpersonal relationships with parents have a vital role in individual development and influence the type of relationships that will be establish later throughout life with other people. Dysfunctional family dynamics generated by inappropriate rules and ties, results in poor and unfulfilling relationships of the future adult. Objective: Documenting the psycho-affective climate from the natural familial environment and its influence on subjects’ relating patterns.
Method: On 385 urban subjects, between 18-69 years, homogeneously distributed by age and sex, was applied a questionnaire with 78 items, of which 10 focused family environment perception. Standardized interviews were organized to measure cohesion, flexibility and communication. A standardized questionnaire scaling emotional intelligence was also used.
Results: Regardless age and sex, over ¾ of our subjects claim that they manage to have harmonious relationships with people of the same age and similar concerns, with school and/or work colleagues. Disagreements with school/work colleagues, regardless sex, were reported mostly by younger people, especially women. Relationships with parents of superior quality generated best relating patterns (p<0.05). Conclusion: A balanced conjugal family environment is a good predictor of the extra-familial relating skills.