Current research on adolescents’ relationships with parents



The article is based on the materials of foreign sources and discusses the current trends in the relationship of adolescents and their parents. The following problems are discussed: influence of upbringing styles and parental attitudes on various aspects of psychological development of adolescents; contribution of relationships with parents and peers into social and personality development in adolescence; peculiarities of teenagers’ attachments to parents; child-parent conflicts. The recent studies of family education and its influence on psychological development confirm the positive role of authoritative parenting style, the negative impact of rigid parenting style on adolescent aggression and so on. It is shown that excessive parental control does not contribute to the development of self-esteem and increases self-criticism in adolescent girls. In relatively new researches devoted to "technoference" the negative impact of technical means (phone, gadgets) on interaction between parents and children is shown. The article stresses the importance of attachment to parents in adolescence; the role of the quality of attachment in formation of autonomy; capacity to solve problems and cope with difficulties associated with Internet addiction; aggression and school performance. The article also presents studies of positive and negative aspects of the impact of conflict with parents on the personality development of adolescents, gender differences in behavior during the conflict between mother and father, the contribution of marital conflicts to psychological development in adolescence.

General Information

Keywords: parent-child relationships, type of upbringing, attachment, adolescence, type of upbringing, attachment, adolescence, parent-child conflicts

Journal rubric: Developmental Psychology and Age-Related Psychology

Article type: review article


For citation: Avdeeva N.N., Hoffman B.A. Current research on adolescents’ relationships with parents [Elektronnyi resurs]. Sovremennaia zarubezhnaia psikhologiia = Journal of Modern Foreign Psychology, 2019. Vol. 8, no. 4, pp. 69–78. DOI: 10.17759/jmfp.2019080407. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Natalia N. Avdeeva, PhD in Psychology, Professor at chair of Developmental Psychology Name after L.F. Obukhova, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Brooke A. Hoffman, post graduate student, chair of developmental psychology named after L.F. Obukhova, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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