Raising Teens

The Harvard Parenting Project’s most widely known report is Raising Teens: A Synthesis of Research and a Foundation for Action.

Prepared by A. Rae Simpson, Ph.D., Raising Teens is the culmination of a groundbreaking initiative within the Center to pull together current research on the parenting of adolescents and to distill from it key messages for the media, policy makers, practitioners, and parents.

In creating Raising Teens, the Project put particular emphasis on identifying those conclusions about the parenting of adolescents about which there is widespread agreement among researchers and practitioners. The project found that, contrary to popular perception, there is significant agreement within research findings about important basic principles for raising teenagers in the United States today.

These central ideas, which cut across a broad range of disciplinary and cultural perspectives, are encapsulated in clear, short charts and summaries within the report.

You will find, for example, a set of Five Basics of Parenting Adolescents, with a list of strategies for each.  Also featured is a list of Ten Tasks of Adolescence, which delineates the main aspects of adolescent development that parents and other adults need to be aware of and support.

It is our hope that this project will stimulate further consensus-building among researchers, attention within the media, and action at the policy level about the important issues facing American parents and teens.  We welcome your feedback and ideas.


Raising Teens: A Synthesis of Research and a Foundation for Action (101 pages)

For more information about the report, visit The Raising Teens Project

To learn more about the report’s author:
A. Rae Simpson, Ph.D.
E-mail: rsimpson@mit.edu