Author : Samyak Jain
The aim of this study is to explore the extent to which methods of parenting affect the quality of parent-teen relationships, with a special focus on the development of stress-related mental health issues in Indian teens. The approach will be a qualitative one, involving the use of open-ended questions and semi-structured interviews to elicit subjective feedback. This approach was taken to encourage responses about parenting expectations as well as parenting realities. A close reading of their responses reveals that teens experience a lack of freedom and agency in their households that has a negative impact on their relationship with their parents. The paper explores both the causes of Indian parenting methods and the effects it has on teenagers. These include both negative impacts on their mental health as well as irregular or rebellious behavior. It concludes with a set of informed suggestions for parents to improve communication and to have a more open, gen-z centered approach to parenting.