In this section
The Centre for Adolescent Health is committed to parenting
research and also to the development of parent education. The
Centre promotes, conducts and evaluates parenting programs.
There is clear evidence that good parenting is a protective
factor against adolescent risk behaviour. There are a number of
components which contribute to good parenting, including good
communication, authoritative (versus authoritarian or permissive)
parenting, reasonable demands and setting boundaries. These promote
adolescent resilience and connectedness with the family, both of
which are further protective factors. In addition, if parents
demonstrate good strategies and behaviours for stress management
and maintaining their own well-being, young people will model these
skills for their own mental health.