Conditional Permissiveness Essay

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Register to read the introduction… They want to give their teen the material goods and behavioral freedom they themselves were denied. Parents want to see themselves as an ally of their teen. Conditional Permissiveness
This style is when parents will give the adolescent what he or she wants on condition that the teen satisfy certain parental demands, which are usually not explicit. Freedom and material benefits are often given in return for behavior that reflects well on the family, such as making good grades or running few errands. Parents tend to see the teens as mini-adults. Indifferent Permissiveness
This describes parents who are too involved with other things to take an active part in their teen's life. They tend to give material goods and freedom in return for the teen's not making too many demands on their time. Parents may be overwhelmed by real problems in their lives, such as illness or poverty; they may be substance-dependent; or they may just be too self-absorbed to take a real interest in their teen. All of these attitudes are likely to backfire. One problem is that the teen is likely to see his privileges and material goods as inherent

rights rather than as
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Many programs for adolescents are designed to expand their range of options, yet very few researchers have studied how adolescents—or adults—generate options (Beyth-Marom and Fischhoff, 1997). One study of adolescent girls' contraceptive practices found that they equated birth control with the pill and therefore did not consider other forms of birth control as options (Rogel et al., 1980). In-depth interviews with adolescent girls about tough decisions they had made revealed that they often saw only one either-or choice rather than a series of options (Beyth-Marom and Fischhoff,

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