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Supporting parents of adolescents: a powerful and under-utilised opportunity to influence adolescent development

Skeen, Sarah; Ahmad, Jumana Haj; Bachman, Gretchen; Cluver, Lucie; Gardner, Frances; Madrid, Bernadette; Miller, Kim; ... Levy, Marcy; + view all (2023) Supporting parents of adolescents: a powerful and under-utilised opportunity to influence adolescent development. Vulnerable Children and Youth Studies , 18 (1) pp. 1-9. 10.1080/17450128.2022.2088915. Green open access

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Abstract

Throughout the rapid and intense changes that adolescents experience, their parents retain important influence over how they interact with the complex factors that shape their development. How parents care for their adolescent children has a deep and lasting impact on their well-being and development. Yet, parents often require support to meet their own and their adolescent children’s needs, which can be achieved through parenting support programmes. Parenting support programmes are delivered to parents of younger children across different contexts and populations, but the benefit of these programmes for parents of adolescents is not well-recognised or prioritised. Given the clear need for these interventions during adolescence and the substantial evidence for effectiveness in this age group, it is time to move the field forward. Increased resources to support parents of adolescents would maximise adolescents’ developmental potential and promote their well-being. We highlight four pressing areas for action: including parents of adolescents in parenting initiatives; involving parents in adolescent programming; strengthening efforts to address poverty and inequality, violence, and gender inequality; and engaging in strategic research to intensify the impact of programming.

Type: Article
Title: Supporting parents of adolescents: a powerful and under-utilised opportunity to influence adolescent development
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/17450128.2022.2088915
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/17450128.2022.2088915
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher's terms and conditions.
Keywords: Parenting, adolescents, adolescent development, mental health, parenting programming
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute for Global Health > Infection and Population Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute for Global Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10153683
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