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Asset Building in Parenting Practices and Family Life.

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Simpson, A. R
Roehlkepartain, J. L.
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This chapter summarizes the findings of the Harvard Project, a study of strategies for parenting adolescents that was conducted by the Harvard Center for Health Communication. Emphasis is placed on consistencies between the Harvard Project and the Search Institute's framework of developmental assets. The results can inform parent education and community-building efforts. The Harvard Project studied the role of parents in the ten tasks of adolescence (sexuality, abstract thinking, perspective taking, coping skills, morality, emotions, friendships, identity, responsibilities, and relationships with parents). Five basic strategies for parenting adolescents were identified: offer teens love and connection, monitor teen behavior and well-being, offer guidance, provide consultation, and advocate for needed resources. Action strategies and key messages for parents are outlined in the chapter. Numerous references, 6 figures.

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