Trends in parenting: can they help explain time trends in problem behaviour?<sup>1</sup>

Frances Gardner, Stephan Collishaw, Barbara Maughan, Jacqueline Scott, Karen Schepman and Ann Hagell

in Changing Adolescence

Published by Policy Press

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9781447301042
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447307242 | DOI:
Trends in parenting: can they help explain time trends in problem behaviour?1

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This chapter examines the role of parenting as part of the picture of social change for young people and asks whether changes in parenting can explain the rise in adolescent problem behaviour. Has parenting of this age group changed over recent decades? Do parents supervise and control their offspring more or less closely than they used to? Do they show more or less parental involvement? A review of published evidence, and analyses of UK nationally representative data from the 1970s, 1980s and early 2000s concluded there was no overall decline in parenting, but rather that there were encouraging signs of improvements, including more 'quality time' spent together and closer parental monitoring. There is also evidence that parents of teenagers are increasingly likely to report symptoms of depression and anxiety themselves.

Keywords: Parenting; Adolescent; Stress; Mental health; Time trends; Monitoring; Supervision

Chapter.  6573 words.  Illustrated.

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