An extraordinary body of research

 exists on the
powerful ways in which parents and families make a difference in the lives of teens. Yet, little of this knowledge has been reaching the media, policymakers, practitioners, and parents*. The Raising Teens Project aims to make the research more accessible and useful to those who work with and on behalf of parents, adolescents, and families.

The report reveals a surprising degree of consensus among experts. Based on an analysis of more than 300 research studies, the Raising Teens Project distills the major findings into Ten Tasks of Adolescent Development and Five Basics of Parenting Adolescents, including key messages and strategies for parents. Information also is provided on the special issue of Abuse of Teens.

Readers also may be interested in Parenting Adolescents in Developing Countries, a follow-up report drafted by Raising Teens Project Director A. Rae Simpson, PhD, for the World Health Organization.

In addition, Dr. Simpson’s Young Adult Development Project extends her research analysis to the dramatic developmental changes taking place between ages 18 and 25.

For more information, visit About the Raising Teens Project or download the full report in English or Spanish.

* The term “parents” is defined broadly to encompass all those adults with responsibility for raising children, whatever their biological relationship.