Some Teens Make More Decisions

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa., April 2 (UPI) — Girls, teens who are easy to supervise and teens with better educated parents tend to have more decision-making autonomy than others, U.S. researchers say.

The Pennsylvania State University researchers said they tracked about 200 white European-American families over a nine-year period. Parents reported on who made decisions in their children’s lives, including chores, appearance, curfew/bedtime, health, schoolwork, social life, activities and money.

The study, published in the journal Child Development, found that young people’s input into decisions increased gradually from ages 9-14, and then surged from 15-20.

Young people had more input into decisions about appearance, activities, schoolwork and social life than about chores, health, and curfew. However, for those ages 18-20 decisions about money and health were still being made jointly by parents and adolescents, suggesting that autonomy developed more gradually for these types of decisions.

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