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Psst! Parents! If you talk to your teen, they will listen to you.

There’s a preconceived notion out there that if a parent talks to their teen, then the teen won’t listen. Not true, says a new study. According to a co-author of the study, adults may assume that teens’ most important relationships are with their peers; however, the teens’ relationships with their parents also play an important role in their mental health. In fact, teens who found it easy to talk to their parents were more emotionally healthy.

As health communicators, how do we translate these findings for the general public? How would we communicate to parents the importance of talking to their teen, even when the teen is being unruly and dismissive? A lot of parent-teen relationships are volatile and parents may become frustrated and angry at their teen. What are good methods to encourage parents to continue to talk to their teen even when they feel that it’s useless?

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