Parenting Adolescents

  • 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.

    Relevant research projects: