4 Communication in Families with Adolescents

The quality of the communication between family members is critical to the quality of family relationships and to adolescent adjustment. In this chapter we aim to reflect the findings of the large amount of research that has been carried out in the field of family communication over the last few decades. We aim to explore the issues for adolescents as they seek to maintain positive relationships with their parents while they mature physically, cognitively and socially as individuals. During this stage they also strive to develop their individual identities and fulfil their needs for more autonomy, while maintaining their position within the family. The development of the communication between parents ...

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