Tbilisi, Georgia, December 10, 2018-Majority of adolescents’ parents in Georgia practise an authoritarian parenting style and apply physical and psychological punishment methods; parents are mostly engaged in caring for their adolescent’s material and physical wellbeing, less in psycho emotional development – these are some of the findings of the ‘National Study on Parenting of Adolescents and Parenting Support programmes in Georgia’ being released today.
“Adolescence presents a crucially important window of opportunity to influence the development of children’s brains – and thus, their futures,” said UNICEF Representative in Georgia Dr. Ghassan Khalil. “Parents need to know just how influential they are in their adolescence life. Parents need to impact their children’s skills to cope with different developmental challenges. But parents also need guidance to understand all this. In Georgia there are no parenting support programmes. The objective of our study is to support the Government in developingnational policies and programmes for parents of adolescents, so that they are equipped with competencies they need for positive parenting and constructive support to the adolescents.”
The study shows that many caregivers in Georgia struggle to fulfil their basic obligations of psycho emotional care. There are cases, when adolescents feel that they are not being supported by their parents during some of the most emotional periods, adversely affecting their psychosocial wellbeing. Few parents are involved in such important aspects of adolescents’ life as health, prevention of risky behaviour, sexual and reproductive health, psychological wellbeing, and prevention of violence.
Countries that participated in the research included Bulgaria, Belarus, Georgia, Montenegro, Moldova, Romania. The qualitative study methodology - focus groups discussions and in-depth interviews - were used for collecting the data.
The goal of the research was to collect the basic information on how parenting is understood, perceived and practised by parents/caregivers of adolescent boys and girls in Georgia; how do individual, interpersonal and macro factors affect parenting dynamics and influence parenting styles and practices; as well as where do parents of adolescents and adolescents themselves turn to for formal and informal support.
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