Supporting parents of adolescents: a powerful and under-utilised opportunity to influence adolescent development

Sarah Skeen, Jumana Haj Ahmad, Gretchen Bachman, Lucie Cluver, Frances Gardner, Bernadette Madrid, Kim Miller, Mark Tomlinson, Lorraine Sherr, Marcy Levy

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Throughout the rapid and intense changes that adolescents experience, their parents retain important influence over how they interact with the complex factors that shape their development. How parents care for their adolescent children has a deep and lasting impact on their well-being and development. Yet, parents often require support to meet their own and their adolescent children’s needs, which can be achieved through parenting support programmes. Parenting support programmes are delivered to parents of younger children across different contexts and populations, but the benefit of these programmes for parents of adolescents is not well-recognised or prioritised. Given the clear need for these interventions during adolescence and the substantial evidence for effectiveness in this age group, it is time to move the field forward. Increased resources to support parents of adolescents would maximise adolescents’ developmental potential and promote their well-being. We highlight four pressing areas for action: including parents of adolescents in parenting initiatives; involving parents in adolescent programming; strengthening efforts to address poverty and inequality, violence, and gender inequality; and engaging in strategic research to intensify the impact of programming.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-9
JournalVulnerable Children and Youth Studies
Issue number1
Early online date14 Jul 2022
Publication statusPublished - 02 Jan 2023


  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Health (social science)


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