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Adolescents, Families, and Social Development: How Teens by Judith G. Smetana

By Judith G. Smetana

This ebook offers an in-depth exam of teenagers’ social improvement within the context of the family.Grounded in social area thought, the booklet attracts at the author’s study over the last 25 yearsDraws from the result of in-depth interviews with greater than seven-hundred familiesExplores adolescent-parent relationships between ethnic majority and minority early life within the usa, in addition to learn with kids in Hong Kong and ChinaDiscusses broad examine on disclosure and secrecy in the course of youth, parenting, autonomy, and ethical developmentConsiders either well known resources comparable to video clips and public surveys, in addition to scholarly resources drawn from anthropology, heritage, sociology, social psychology, and developmental psychologyExplores how assorted strands of improvement, together with autonomy, rights and justice, and society and social conference, develop into built-in and coordinated in youth

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Sometimes parents wish to reduce their own discomfort, but they may also strive to satisfy children’s emotional needs and to make them happy. This may lead parents to endorse other outcomes than aims purely pertaining to socialization. In some instances the parents’ goal may be to promote close, harmonious, and loving family relationships. Parents may hold these different and competing goals as they interact with their children. In this revised view, compliance may be just one out of several goals that parents may have in their social interactions with their children.

Rather, it is a reflection of troubled adolescence and disturbed family relationships. And, despite persistent mentioning of a “generation gap” or youthful rebellion, the evidence suggests that teenagers do not rebel against their parents, nor do adolescents reject all parental values. Adolescents look to their parents for advice, typically hold similar values to those of their parents on political, social, and religious issues, and report that they admire their parents. Overall, decades of psychological research suggest that both conflict and closeness are important aspects of the adolescents’ relationships with their parents.

Likewise, mothers’ emotional states did not differ as their children moved into adolescence. However, adolescents’ moods worsened, which led to an increasing disparity between mothers’ and adolescents’ emotional experience of their relationships. Mothers reported both positive and negative emotions when they were with their children. They experienced frustration and irritability when they had to cope with apathetic or obstinate teenagers. This latter point is echoed in other research findings, based on studies that focus on parents’ experiences in parenting adolescents.

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