22 March 2019

Parenting teens and tweens: Resources for policy and practice

This factsheet from AIFS provides key research findings on children's positive developmental pathways and the factors that can place young people at risk of a range of problems and vulnerabilities and a brief overview of resources for policy makers and practitioners. Experiences that have been shown to promote positive development of teenage children include close relationships with others, including parents and peers; school engagement;  better control over emotions; an easy-going temperament; and being community-minded. Factors that appeared to protect "at-risk" children from becoming antisocial adolescents have also been identified. These include better relationships with parents; closer parental supervision; higher school engagement; no/few antisocial friends; better emotional control; lower attraction to risk-taking behaviours; and a more "reserved" personal style.