Do parents really know what their children are thinking?

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Do parents really know what their children are thinking?

Headspace research reveals a disconnect between the concerns of parents for young people & what young people themselves report to be the issues they are facing.

When asked to rate 12 topical issues, parents said they were most concerned about:
1. Drugs
2. Emotional abuse/bullying
3. Depression
4. Suicide
5. Alcohol abuse

Whereas young people indicated (in a Mission Australia 2014 report):
– managing stress
– problems at school or dealing with studies
– body image.

Drugs & alcohol were among the bottom 3 concerns for young people

Headspace notes:
– adolescence can be a difficult time
– not being able to cope with every day stresses can be a sign of more serious problems

Headspace tips for parents:
– talk openly & honestly with adolescents
– let them know you are concerned
– re-assure them that you will be there for them
– ask them what they need from you
– let them know there is lots of help available
– let them know they can talk to psychologists privately
– help them attend professional services

Source: http://www.headspace.org.au/about-headspace/media-centre/media-releases/do-parents-really-know-what-their-children-are-thinking

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