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Adolescents

    “Raising a teenager is hard…But, being a teenager is hard, too, which is why our kids need someone they trust to lean on, to come to for advice and to share their lives – the good, the bad, and the ugly”

 -Unknown

Articles

What Teens Need Most From Their Parents
Sue Shellenbarger. (2016). The Wall Street Journal.

How I Raised Teenagers Who Tell Me Everything – Even When it’s Hard
Gracie X. (2015). Mind Body Green.

5 Simple Tips to Help You Have a Real Conversation With a Teen 
Shelja Sen. (2018). TED. Ideas.Ted.com.

Anxiety in Teens: How You Can Help
Dr. Marilyn Price-Mitchell. (2019). Psychologytoday.com.

Research

Adolescent-Parent Attachment: Bonds That Support Healthy Development
Moretti, M.M. Peled, M. (2004). Paediatrics Child Health.

In Adolescent-Parent Attachment, Maralene Moretti and Maya Peled discuss the importance of the parent-adolescent bond and the developmental changes occurring during this time. The social, neurological, and biological growth during adolescents is considered to be just as fundamental to our development as early childhood. Due to these vast and rapid changes adolescents are “associated with the onset of or exacerbation of a number of health-related problems”. Research has shown that parents can make a difference during this stage of their child’s development, and that the difference can be made through “their attachment bond with the child”.

The authors begin the article by examining the transitional period of adolescents by providing the reader with brief descriptions of the neurological, social, and biological changes. They examine the concept of attachment and the importance a secure parent-adolescent attachment plays on shaping their teenager’s development. In conclusion, Moretti and Peled highlight the importance of adolescent-parent attachment and assesses ways families can be supported.