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31 August 2011

Mother-son ties influence teen behaviour

Relationships between mothers and their sons change during childhood and adolescence, and affect behaviour when they become teens.

Relationships between mothers and their sons change during childhood and adolescence. However, not all relationships change in the same way, and how the relationships change may affect boys' behaviour when they become teens.

The researchers looked at 265 mother-son pairs from low-income families in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, starting when the boys were 5-years-old and continuing through adolescence. The families were taking part in the Pitt Mother & Child Project, an ongoing longitudinal project, examining vulnerability and resilience in low-income boys.

 
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