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Background: Adolescence isatransition period mainlyknown for substantial biological, psychologicaland socialchanges; thisisalso atimeof eruption of major controversies andconflictsin interpersonalrelations due tothat considerablestressandambivalence emerges. This stressis oftenexperiencedasa negative forcethat causesdisturbances and distensioninparent childrelationships. There arevarious factors which contributeto this parentingstress like disturbedroutine, financial issues, studyand careerissues, conflictingideologies and excessiveuseofphoneandinternet.
Aim:The studyaimed toassess the level of Parenting Stressamong Parents of Teenagersandto reduce that stressthroughmoderation.
Methods: The studywasconducted on 200parents (100 couples) of ninth and tenth class students from twoschools of Gorakhpurcity ofUP, India selected througha randomsamplingmethod. The major objectivesweretoassess the prevalenceof parenting stress among parents of teenagers, tocomparetheparentingstress among mothersandfathers of teenagers, tofindout major stress-causingissues in parentsof teenagers, andto conduct someworkshops for parents toreduceparentingstress. The toolsusedfor data collection were(1) perceivedstress ofparentingteens, a self-constructed scaleto assessthe stresslevelof parents,(2) workshopsdesigned and conductedtoreduceparentingstressand (3) feedbackformto ensure the effectiveness of workshops.
Results: The results howedthatthe majority ofparents showedhighto moderate levels ofparentingstress. Thefindingsof the present study also revealed that mothers and fathers in high levels of stress reflect significantly different parenting stress. It had been observed that for the majority,parents routine disturbances, financial stress, excessive use of phone, ideological differences, study, career, and conflicting values were among the major stress-causing issues.
Conclusion: The study wasfound to be useful to understand the etiology of stress in parents of teenagers and effective for reducing their stress by improving parenting skills and facilitating healthy parent teenager relationships.
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