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Is it normal for my teen to listen to her friends rather than adults?

Brooke Randolph
Marriage & Family Therapy
It's developmentally appropriate (normal, expected, and even healthy) for teens to look to their peer group more than adults and even family members for approval and guidance. Adults that tell teens what to do will not reach them. However, the same developmental stage that causes teens to ignore us helps them reach each other. As adolescents establish their own identity, they first create groups (cliques), which allows identity to be a multiple-choice rather than essay question. It is developmentally appropriate for teens to look, sound, and act like their peers. Teens can have a lot of influence over each other.

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