- October 10, 2012
- Jennifer Salerno
Do you have at least one adult family member or other adult that you can talk to about anything?
A key to successful adjustment in adolescence is to have supportive relationships that protect adolescents from the effects of stressors. Social support from parents plays a protective role for adolescents, mitigating the effects of stress and other risk factors. Adolescents may seem distant or preoccupied with peer groups, however; the family is still home base in the changing world of middle adolescence, and core family values continue to exert a significant and stabilizing influence.
Did you know?
Youth who reported non-parents (romantic partners or peers) as their primary support system, were more likely than those who reported parents as their primary social support to show behavioral and emotional problems.
Try these messages with youth:
- – Not everyone has a strong relationship with family members or another adult. This does not mean you are alone and it does not mean you should keep your problems and worries to yourself. Talking to a trusted adult about your problems can be very helpful. They may have good advice or resources to help you work through your problems.
- – Don’t be afraid to reach out to a neighbor, teacher, coach, health professional or school counselor. If you can’t talk face to face, there is always the phone and email to stay in contact. Everyone needs a trusted adult to talk to. There are adults out there who care about you and want to help however they can.