The science and importance of parent-adolescent relationships

Updated: Apr 22

Parent and child relationships are ever-changing, especially during adolescence, and have a lasting influence on adolescents and their behaviors. Research shows that parent-child relationships that are balanced with support, warmth, clear expectations, and healthy conflict result in a more optimistic, mature, and resilient adolescent child. Science also tells us the more positive the relationship between the parent and child,the less likely the adolescent is to engage in risky behaviors and more likely to perform better in school. It is also important for a sense of respect and status to be achieved during this time, in order to fulfill a need for contribution and value to those around them.

Source: Center for the Developing Adolescent:

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