New research supports the long term benefits of a strong relationship with your teen:

Including protecting them against early sexual behavior, inconsistent condom use, and outcomes such as pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

And by promoting adaptive personality traits during childhood and adolescence, you can help them delay early entry into parenthood, promote higher SES, and, indirectly, foster more positive parenting when they do become parents.

and another study finds that teens’ perceptions of the openness of the family communication has a large impact on those teens’ psychosocial adjustment:

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