Parenting teenagers: relationships and behaviour: briefing

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Corporate author(s)
About Families (Organization)
About Families
Date of publication
1 October 2010
Families, Children and Young People
Social welfare
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This briefing summarises a report looking at what research and evidence exists regarding the parenting of teenagers. Given the prevalence of concerns over relationship issues, and the importance of these issues for well-being, About Families asked what research could tell us about relationship and behaviour issues in parenting teenagers. The briefing is targeted at voluntary and public sector agencies in order to assist these agencies in using the evidence presented to develop, implement and evaluate action plans based on their needs.

The key findings of the report include: conflict between parents and teens is not necessarily a bad thing and can play a useful role in teenagers’ development; parents agreeing about their approach to parenting is more important than who does what, or how much mothers and fathers are involved; good communication in families can contribute to the development of social skills and positive outcomes for teenagers; the personalities of both parents and teenagers contribute to the quality of their relationship and are also linked to how much control the parent tries to impose on their teenager; how happy parents feel about their parenting is linked to how they view their teenager’s development; and research tends to focus on reducing social problems and not necessarily on issues of most concern to parents or teenagers.

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