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April 2014Vol. 15, No. 4Helping Parents Communicate With Their Teens

The benefits of effective communication between parents and their teen-aged children are highlighted in a series of new factsheets published by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. As part of the Principles of Parenting series, lead author Jennifer Kerpelman explores techniques that can improve family communications and build trust. She also shows how strong parent-teen communications can help teens build skills and protective factors that can help them successfully navigate their teen years and grow into strong, independent adults.

In addition to fostering improved communications with their parents, information in the factsheets can help teens:

  • Figure out the kind of person he or she is
  • Prepare to take on adult responsibilities
  • Learn to effectively deal with problems and difficult situations
  • Learn to make good decisions
  • Learn the ability to think independently

The specific titles in the series include:

Jennifer Kerpelman is a professor of human development and family studies at Auburn University. The Alabama Cooperative Extension System is a joint project of Alabama A&M and Auburn Universities.