Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Not-so-terrible teens

Teenagers have a reputation for being stroppy and obstreperous but a study of 120 teenagers and their parents by researchers in the U.S. has found that they do not always live up - or down - to their image. The study presented the children and their parents with a number of different scenarios in which either parents of children asked for help. It found that teenagers didn't always act out of personal desire or selfishness but felt relatively obligated to help their parents, even when the request was small. In fact the parents thought the teenagers had more right to refuse to help than the children themselves did. The parents thought that older teenagers should behave less selfishly than the younger ones but the older children felt it was more within their rights to refuse leading to conflict as parents' and children's views moved apart as they got older.

You can find out more about this research at

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