Parental Monitoring of Adolescents: Current Perspectives for Researchers and Practitioners

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Vincent Guilamo-Ramos, James Jaccard, Patricia Dittus
Columbia University Press, Aug 22, 2010 - Social Science - 256 pages
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The close supervision of adolescents dramatically reduces the incidence of risky sexual behavior, drug and alcohol use, and other activities that could negatively affect health and well-being. Because of the strong correlation between parental monitoring and a child's welfare, social workers, psychologists, child development specialists, and other professionals who work with children now seek to incorporate monitoring into their programs and practice. Therefore they require a definitive resource providing the best research and techniques for productive supervision within the home.

This volume defines and develops the conceptual, methodological, and practical areas of parental monitoring and monitoring research, locating the right balance of closeness and supervision while also remaining sensitive to ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. Assembled by leading experts on childrearing and healthy parent-child communication, this book identifies the conditions that best facilitate parental knowledge, ideal interventions for high-risk youth, and the factors that either help or hinder the monitoring of an adolescent's world. This volume also sets the parameters for future research, establishing a new framework in which the nature and approach of monitoring are evaluated within the parent-adolescent relationship and the particular social realities of everyday life.


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Vincent Guilamo-Ramos is an associate professor of social work at Columbia University and the primary investigator in a large Center for Disease Control (CDC) project focusing on adolescent children and parental influence.

Patricia Dittus is a health scientist in the Division of Adolescent and School Health at the CDC and her research focuses on effective parenting interventions aimed at reducing adolescent risk behaviors.

James Jaccard is professor of psychology at Florida International University and a widely-published expert on parent-adolescent communication.

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