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When children reach adolescence, many changes occur in their relationship with their parents. This entry focuses on the developmental changes that occur within individual adolescents and the changes that occur in their relationships with parents as a result. It also discusses how the demands of parenting change during adolescence, various approaches to parenting, and theories regarding how to understand adolescent and parent relationships.

Adolescence as a Developmental Stage

The term adolescent can be defined in several ways: either by chronological age (e.g., ages 13 to 19); physical development, such as puberty; or by legal definitions, which refer to society’s criteria for an adolescent reaching adulthood. Adolescents generally are attending middle school or high school and although they may obtain employment are understood not to be adults until ...

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