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Contemporary Adolescence. Chapter 10 Adolescence and their Families. A brief reminder of Systems Theory. Subsystems Inter-relatedness of the subsystems Homeostasis and morphogenesis. Changes in the system: Parent’s in midlife. Most in midlife perceive: Decline in: Energy Health

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contemporary adolescence

Contemporary Adolescence

Chapter 10

Adolescence and their Families

a brief reminder of systems theory
A brief reminder of Systems Theory


Inter-relatedness of the subsystems

Homeostasis and morphogenesis

changes in the system parent s in midlife
Changes in the system:Parent’s in midlife
  • Most in midlife perceive:
    • Decline in:
      • Energy
      • Health
      • Creativity
      • Physical attractiveness
    • But an increase in:
      • Wisdom
      • Competence
      • Psychological health
      • Respect from others
more about parental midlife
More about parental midlife

People tend to become more flexible in midlife

Contrary to popular culture, most parents handle the “empty nest” just fine

Parents that do undergo a period of life evaluation find their relationship with their adolescents arenegatively affected by it

the siblings
The Siblings

Caregiver relationship

Buddy relationship

Critical relationship

Rival relationship

Casual relationship

parenting what do adolescents want
Parenting: What do adolescents want?
  • Connection
    • Interest and help
    • Listening and empathy
    • Love
    • Acceptance and approval
  • Trust
  • Autonomy
    • Enmeshed
    • Disengaged
  • Regulation
regulation parenting styles
Regulation: Parenting Styles
  • It is better to have one parent who is authoritative and one who is not that to have two of any other kind
attachment style
Attachment Style
  • Secure
    • Feelings of competency
    • Get along well with others
    • Do well in school
    • High self esteem
    • Less likely to get in trouble and be depressed
  • Anxious
  • Avoidant

Adolescents and parents generally agree on many of the most important aspects of their views of life

Adolescents typically love and care about their parents

Arguments generally concern minor issues

However, conflict with parents does rise sharply in early adolescence, remains high for several years, and declines in late adolescence

sources of conflict
Sources of Conflict

Physically, adolescents become bigger

Increased ability to think critically

Indirect arguments: Sexual issues

Differences in outlook

emerging adult relationship
Emerging adult relationship

Typically, relationships between parents and emerging adults improve

Emerging adults who move out tend to get along better with their parents than those that remain at home