Most Adolescents Say They Have A Good Relationship With Their Parents
Jim LiebeltJim is Senior Writer, Editor and Researcher for the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family at Azusa Pacific University. Jim has over 25 years of experience as a youth and family ministry specialist, and has been on the HomeWord staff since 1998. He has served over the years as a pastor, author, youth ministry trainer, adjunct college instructor and speaker. Jim’s culture blog and parenting articles appear on HomeWord.com. Jim is a contributing author of culture and parenting articles to Crosswalk.com. Jim and his wife Jenny live in Olympia, WA.
- 2009 Jun 11
A new survey reports that most tween/teens say while they have a good relationship with their parents, they rely on peers more for advice and often hide key information from their parents. (So, it sounds like today's adolescents are very similar to previous generations!)
Pangea Media, a leader in online quizzes and quiz technology, has released the results of its latest "Pangea Pulse," which tracked the attitudes and preferences of more than 3,100 of its tween/teen users regarding how they communicate with their parents.
The recent survey on Quibblo found that teens are most likely to hide their online activities from their parents (44 percent) versus the time they spend with their boyfriend/girlfriend (21 percent) or how they are doing in school (15 percent). Most tweens/teens (56 percent) said their parents do not know that they have a boyfriend or girlfriend and 34 percent said they've snuck out of the house without their parents knowing.
The survey also found that tweens/teens are more likely to turn to friends if they have a problem with their boyfriend/girlfriend (81 percent) and for advice about bullying (51 percent). Most (71 percent) tweens/teens would not take advice from a parent about fitting in at school; likewise 54 percent wouldn't take their parents' advice on a relationship. In fact, 45 percent of tweens/teens say relationships are the hardest thing to talk to their parents about.
When asked which parent they are most likely to talk to, 68 percent of tweens/teens said they were more likely to share with their mother than their father (17 percent were more likely to share with their father). The majority (72 percent) of respondents said that they've talked with their parents about drugs and alcohol. However, only 53 percent have talked with their parents about sex.
Overall, 36 percent of teens stated that they believe their parents try harder than they do to build a relationship; only 13 percent said they believe that they try harder; meanwhile 33 percent believe that both they and their parents try equally hard to build a relationship; while 18 percent said they believe neither they nor their parents try. Ultimately, most (77 percent) believe they have a good relationship with their parents.
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