Childhood in India is a golden period, whereas preadolescence and adolescence become period of ‘stress and strain’ with initiation of deliberate socialization and demand for socially appropriate behaviors (Saraswathi and Pai, 1997). The smooth paced parent–child relationship undergoes turmoil as the child enters into his / her teens. This shift in the relationship can be largely attributed to the characteristics of the period of adolescence. It is a tremendously tasking and challenging job for the parents to rear children especially during adolescence. Hence it is important to study parent – adolescent interactions and stress in parenting, to offer better guidance to both adolescents and parents. The present study attempts to explore stress in parenting adolescents. It aims to understand the perceptions of parents, belonging to middle and higher income families (residing in Vadodara city, India.), regarding stress experienced in rearing adolescents. The sample consisted of 48 parents comprising of 24 couples belonging to MIG and 24 couples belonging to HIG. An in-depth interview schedule consisting of questions on parent – adolescent conflicts, parental perceptions of these conflicts, resolution of conflicts and stress was used to collect the data. Qualitative analysis of the data revealed that maximum parents experienced stress when their child goes through the phase of adolescence. Most of their concerns were directly or indirectly related to the academic achievement of the adolescent and his future career direction. Stress was found to be more in case of adolescent girls than for adolescent boys. Mothers were found to be experiencing more stress for their children as compared to fathers. Digression was the most popular way of coping with stress. The study recommends the need for awareness of effective coping strategies by both parents and adolescents.
|Keywords:||Stress, Stressors, Coping, Parenting|
Senior Lecturer, Department of Human Development and Family Studies, Faculty of Home Science, The M.S. University of Baroda, Vadodara, Gujarat, India
NA, The M.S. University of Baroda, VADODARA, Gujarat, India
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