Teenagers on talking points

Only 11 per cent of teenagers surveyed by the Trust for the Study of Adolescence say they rate their communication with teachers as bad. The survey of more than 4,000 young people aged 12 to 20 found that those who had recently had contact with the police found the experience bad and 41 per cent gave negative ratings to comunication with benefit officers.

Teenagers of all ages find communication easier with their mother than their father, 67 per cent were very positive compared with 57 per cent who said they communicated very well with their father. Many have very little contact with their father, with more than a fifth living with one parent, usually the mother.

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