During adolescence, young people learn how to form safe and healthy relationships with friends, parents, teachers and romantic partners. Both boys and girls often try on different identities and roles during this time, and relationships contribute to their development. Peers, in particular, play a big role in identity formation, but relationships with caring adults – including parents, mentors or coaches -- are also important for adolescent development. Often, the parent-adolescent relationship is the one relationship that informs how a young person handles other relationships. MORE »
Healthy Relationships in the States
What parents say matters when it comes to teens' decisions about sex. Tips for the conversation.