ERIC Number: ED467563
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Jul
Helping Teens Develop Healthy Social Skills and Relationships: What the Research Shows about Navigating Adolescence. American Teens. Child Trends Research Brief.
Hair, Elizabeth C.; Jager, Justin; Garrett, Sarah B.
As adolescents mature, their social skills are called upon to form and maintain relationships. Noting that the quality of those relationships has important consequences for adolescent development, this research brief presents information on social competency in adolescence. More than 360 research studies were reviewed to examine the factors that lead to high-quality social relationships and good social skills, and the intervention strategies that target these areas. The brief examines social relationships with parents, siblings, other adult family members, non-family adults, and peers. The development of social skills is discussed, including the interpersonal skills of conflict resolution, intimacy, and prosocial behaviors, as well as individual attributes such as self-control and behavior regulation, social confidence, and empathy. The brief notes that adolescents continue to need supportive and warm relationships with their parents and that quality relationships with parents are key to the development of social competency. Quality social relationships and good social skills play a role in healthy psychological development, academic success, and later life relationships. The brief also cites pressing research needs, including long-term studies on the factors in teens lives that lead to the development of positive social relationships and social skills, the development of specific social relationships outside the nuclear family, and the development of specific social skills, such as intimacy, prosocial behavior, and self-control. A What Works table identifies programs and approaches designed to promote quality relationships and good social skills that have been found effective through experimental evaluations; the table's Best Bets column describes promising findings that have not been tested with experimental designs. (Contains 73 references.) (KB)
Descriptors: Adolescent Development, Adolescents, Family Relationship, Interpersonal Competence, Interpersonal Relationship, Literature Reviews, Parent Child Relationship, Peer Relationship, Program Effectiveness, Research Needs, Sibling Relationship, Social Development
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Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Miami, FL.
Authoring Institution: Child Trends, Inc., Washington, DC.
Note: Some text is very small and may not reproduce well. Brief is a summary of a longer report, "Background for Community-Level Work on Social Competency in Adolescence: Reviewing the Literature on Contributing Factors." Brief prepared by Anne Bridgman and edited by Amber Moore, Harriet J. Scarupa, Kristin Moore, and the study's authors.