Parent-Adolescent Communication (Reaction Paper)

1043 Words Feb 15th, 2011 5 Pages
“Is There Something I Should Know?”:
Topic Avoidant Responses in Parent-Adolescent Communication by Michelle A. Mazur and Amy S. Ebesu Hubbard

Teenagers, teens, young adults - these terms are commonly used by many to refer to us, adolescents. We independently go through a shift from childhood to adulthood (adolescence). In this developmental stage of adolescence, we experience dramatic changes in our physical, emotional, and cognitive aspects. As we reach the stage of late-adolescence, which occurs from ages 18 to 22, we become increasingly focused on the formation of our identities. At this point, almost all of our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are driven by the exploration of various personal identities in pursuit of
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Similarly, we respond to this by employing confrontational tactics like telling them to stop invading our privacy and/or evasive tactics like hiding our personal belongings or using the phone when they are not around or outside the house. However, it is not yet clear to others how we respond to parents’ direct request for personal information. To figure this out, Michelle Mazur and Amy Hubbard conducted a research concerning topic avoidant responses and how frequently we use them.
Results showed that relationship issue, dating experiences, school and negative life experiences, school-related issues, friendships, sexual experiences, and dangerous behavior are the most commonly avoided topics by us, adolescents. I believe that this is true because these are the topics that we really find hard to share with just any person.
Our responses to these kinds of topics can be classified into 12 categories such as deception, aggression, terminating the conversation, discussing the topic, indirect rejection, assertiveness, reassurance, direct rejection, listening to the parent, disinterest, discomfort, and crying.
Usually when our parents go overboard, we tend to use deception in order to conceal or omit certain information. Through this, we create an illusion of openness among our parents by giving false information about how we

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