Teens Less Likely To Cooperate If Requests Made In Controlling Tone

October 1, 2019

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Teenage years are about the time when it becomes infinitely more difficult for parents to convince their kids to do just about anything. As teens begin to spread their wings, they tend to disregard mom’s or dad’s orders more often and if you speak in a particular tone, your teen is less likely to cooperate. Researchers say teenagers are less likely to cooperate if mom makes requests or orders in a controlling tone. This is the first study of its kind that focused on how teenage subjects respond to different tones of voice when receiving instructions from their mother. While the experimental phase of the study consisted only of mothers, researchers believe their findings also apply to other important authoritative figures in teens’ lives, such as fathers or teachers. Furthermore, the study also concluded that speaking to a teen in an especially pressuring manner results in a range of negative emotions and reduced feelings of closeness in the adolescent. Teens were much more likely to respond to requests given in an encouraging manner that emphasized the adolescent’s right to self-expression and personal choice. Most of the time, teens who listened to mothers making motivational statements in a controlling tone responded in an undesirable way. Conversely, a supportive tone of voice saw much more positive reactions among teens, even compared to mothers who used a neutral tone of voice.

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