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Teenagers more likely to argue with mothers than fathers

Dealing with teenage attitude

Statistics published this week suggest that British teenagers argue more often with their mothers than they do with their fathers.

Relationships with parents

The figures from The Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that 25% of 16 to 21-year-olds Disrespectful teensquarrel with their mother more than once a week. In contrast only 16% row with their father a similar number of times. The figures form part of the ONS Measuring Well-Being Exploring the Well-Being of Young People in the UK report. The young adults’ module in the UK Household Longitudinal Survey asked all 16 to 21 year olds about their relationship with their parents.

Speaking about things that matter

However, the statistics aren’t all bad news for mothers as the report also suggests teenagers are more likely to confide in their mum with 58% speaking to their mum at least once a week and almost 36% with their dad. Young women were more likely to chat to their mum about things that mattered than men, with 67% of 16 to 21-year-old women regularly confiding in their mum compared to 50% of young men.

Connecting with teenagers

Lucie Russell, director of campaigns at mental health charity YoungMinds, told the BBC: “These figures are a reflection of working patterns, meaning mothers are generally around and available more for their teenagers.

“It is also illustrative of how on the whole mothers are more emotionally tuned into and connected with their teenage children. This doesn’t mean fathers have less of a role to play or care any less than mothers, but often it’s harder for them to connect and therefore they are less involved in quarrels and disagreements.

“We see this in terms of calls to our parents’ helpline, as do other helplines, which overwhelmingly get more calls from mothers than fathers when they are struggling to support their children.”




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