Adolescence: The Four Questions (page 2)

By — University of Florida IFAS Extension
Updated on Sep 21, 2007


Adolescence marks the onset of complex thinking that includes in-depth questioning. Parents and adults need to expect searching and uncertainty when interacting with adolescents. Adolescents are taking steps toward independence; but, they are not independent.

Parents and adults need to provide factual information and opportunities to enable adolescents to explore their feelings and their world. For example, parents and adults may want to provide opportunities for adolescents to be involved in community service somewhere outside their normal settings, such as going across town or going to another state.

Parents and adults can be good resources for adolescents who are searching to find their destiny. Opportunities to explore and interact with parents and adults are important to the positive development of adolescents. Indeed, through example and guidance, parents and adults can have a positive impact on the lives of adolescents.


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