What's New with Teens and Their Families?
What is normal teen behavior? How do families change through the teen years? These and other questions were addressed through the past Research Updates for Professionals course, What’s New with Teens and Their Families?
This online course was developed by Colleen Gengler, Extension Educator, and Jodi Dworkin, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Extension Specialist, Department of Family Social Science University of Minnesota, to help professionals working with families of teens explore current research in:
- Normal adolescent development and what it means for the parent-adolescent relationship
- The two-way relationship between teens and their larger family system including child agency and parenting styles.
The following resources were developed for use with this course:
- Adolescent and Family Development — Short narrated presentation that reviews the current research in normative adolescent and family development. Contact us for a transcript of this presentation.
- What do we mean when we talk about the family as a system? — Introductory narrated presentation on family systems theory and how it applies to families with adolescents. Contact us for a transcript of this presentation.
- Bi-Directionality in the Family System — Brief narrated presentation reviews the two-way nature of diverse families. Contact us for a transcript of this presentation.
- Discussion Questions: What's New With Teens and Their Families (236 K PDF) — Discussion questions to facilitate conversations with your colleagues.
- The Five Basics of Parenting Adolescents (276 K PDF) — Brief parent messages reinforce that parents still matter in a teen’s life. Great for use in newsletters.
- Website Evaluation Criteria (208 K PDF) — Easy-to-use tool to evaluate websites for quality.