Parent-Adolescent Interactions That Promote Adolescent Success in Family, School, and Community

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Taylor, Heather
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The purpose of this study was to determine if adolescents who self-identified as socially cooperative and academically successful spend more time with parents than adolescents who self-identified as less socially cooperative and less academically successful. In addition, this study questioned the type of activities parents and adolescents engaged in during time together. The 107 participants from grades 7, 8, and 9 students from 3 rural schools in Nova Scotia completed a questionnaire at home and returned it to school. The study concluded that adolescents who spent more time with parents showed increased social cooperation and academic success and decreased substance use. Adolescents appeared to achieve better academically and were more socially cooperative when parents had some post secondary education. The most common types of activities spent with parents included television viewing, chatting, playing with pets, baking-cooking, going to restaurants, sports, board games, and cards games. Board games and card games were associated with greater academic success.