In the last five chapters we have listened to adolescents talking primarily about the social worlds which they share with each other — as students, friends, neighbours and even the negative reference groups of goody-goody’s and burnouts. In this chapter we will listen to them talk about their relationships with their parents. There is more variety in the ways the subjects talk about their families than in the ways in which they talk about their peers. Sometimes the worlds of parents and their adolescent children are shared; sometimes they seem to be mutually incomprehensible.
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