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Family troubles?Exploring changes and challenges in the family lives of children and young people$
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Jane Ribbens McCarthy, Carol-Ann Hooper, and Val Gillies

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781447304432

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447304432.001.0001

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Troubled and troublesome teens: mothers’ and professionals’ understandings of parenting teenagers and teenage troubles

Troubled and troublesome teens: mothers’ and professionals’ understandings of parenting teenagers and teenage troubles

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(p.290) (p.291) Chapter Twenty-Three Troubled and troublesome teens: mothers’ and professionals’ understandings of parenting teenagers and teenage troubles
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Family troubles?
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Harriet Churchill

Karen Clarke

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447304432.003.0023

This chapter discusses a group parenting programme for families with adolescent children, and its evaluation based on professionals’ and parents’ perspectives. Such standardized programmes have proliferated in the UK over the last decade or so, and are likely to remain a feature of the policy landscape, despite their limitations as a response to the challenges of parenting in the context of complex family histories, social and economic deprivation and overstretched and rationed services. In practice, it is largely mothers who are involved in the programme and, while most found it helpful in some ways, their perspectives on their children’s troubles were significantly different from those of the programme providers, locating responsibility for them in a much wider context than the parent/mother-child interaction that is the focus of such programmes.

Keywords:   Parenting programmes, Families, Adolescents, Professionals, Mothers, Teenage troubles

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