Parents of adolescents: help-seeking intentions as a function of help sources and parenting issues

Amiram Raviv, Edie Maddy-Weitzman, Alona Raviv

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Abstract

This study examined the declared intentions of parents of adolescents to seek help from potential sources for a variety of hypothetical problems related to parenting. The relationship between hypothetical help-seeking and certain characteristics of the help-seeker (sex, educational level, parenting self-confidence, birth order, and sex of the adolescent), and the source of help (natural support system, professional support system, and media); and the problem type were investigated. The research population included 187 parents of adolescents. A questionnaire was formulated for the purpose of the study which examined help-seeking from nine sources of help on eight hypothetical parenting issues. Intention to seek help was found to be a function of both the particular problem type and the potential source of help. In general, parents declared their intention to seek help from and rely on a variety of sources. It was found that parents said that they were most likely to seek help from their spouses regardless of the issue, whereas professional sources were most likely to be consulted in their are of expertise.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)115-135
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Adolescence
Volume15
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1992

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