ERIC Number: ED294100
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Helping Youth Decide. Second Edition.
National Association of State Boards of Education, Alexandria, VA.
This guide was written to help parents of adolescents establish effective parent-child communication and help their children learn to make sound decisions. It is divided into three parts. Part 1, Growing Pains, discusses what parents and children might go through during the adolescent years and explains the developmental tasks of adolescence. Part 2, How to Help, suggests ways that parents can use to develop more open lines of communication with their teenagers and to guide them in decision making. A section on how not to communicate gives examples of typical responses parents may have to an adolescent which can be classified as threatening, preaching, blaming, analyzing, pacifying, probing, and avoiding. Possible reactions of adolescents to these types of responses are explored. Suggestions are given for how parents can become better listeners. Parents are encouraged to be attentive, encourage talk, try to empathize, and listen with respect. In talking to adolescents, parents are encouraged to show respect, be brief, be aware of one's tone of voice, and be specific. Eight steps are presented which parents can use to teach responsible decision making. Part 3, Homework for You Both, includes materials designed to help parents implement the ideas presented in the guide. Samples of the youth and parent questionnaires are included. (NB)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Communication Skills, Decision Making, Helping Relationship, Interpersonal Communication, Listening, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Role
The Tobacco Institute/NASBE, P.O. Box 1176, Alexandria, VA 22313 (free).
Publication Type: Guides - General; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Association of State Boards of Education, Alexandria, VA.
Note: A Spanish version of this publication, "Decidiendo Juntos" is also available. For related document, see CG 020 767.