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By Judith G. Smetana

This ebook offers an in-depth exam of kids’ social improvement within the context of the family.Grounded in social area idea, the ebook attracts at the author’s examine during 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 formative years within the usa, in addition to learn with young people in Hong Kong and ChinaDiscusses large learn on disclosure and secrecy in the course of early life, parenting, autonomy, and ethical developmentConsiders either well known assets resembling video clips and public surveys, in addition to scholarly assets drawn from anthropology, background, sociology, social psychology, and developmental psychologyExplores how various strands of improvement, together with autonomy, rights and justice, and society and social conference, develop into built-in and coordinated in formative years

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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.

In Larson and Richards’s words: “What this means is that Dad is often having a good time, but the teenager is not” (1994, p. 172). These discrepancies were evident both in the boys’ and in the girls’ relationships with their parents. Yet fathers were less positive when they interacted with their daughters than when they interacted with their sons. Girls reported feeling unhappy when they interacted with fathers, and more so than boys did. Likewise, mothers’ emotional states did not differ as their children moved into adolescence.

Studying the topics of conflicts is relatively straightforward and descriptively useful. Indeed, as noted in the last chapter, the topics of adolescents’ disagreements with parents have been extensively researched over the past 50 years. ” In the following section I elaborate on the topics of conflict that have emerged from my research. However, studying the topics of teenagers’ and their parents’ disputes does not reveal the function of these disputes in adolescents’ social development. For this, it is necessary to understand their meaning to the participants.

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