Issues in Psychoanalytic PsychologySeparation Anxiety in Adolescence:
How To Grow A Healthy Teenager

Issues in Psychoanalytic Psychology, Vol. 38, Pg. 54

Teenagers confront complex feelings toward their parents and find themselves caught in an anxiety-fueled dilemma: the wish to reject or distance themselves while they are unavoidably dependent on them and yearning for their approval. This clash of impulses fuels adolescent separation anxiety.

What is the criteria for a fostering healthy separation-individuation during adolescence? And how parents can support their teenagers wish for greater autonomy and independence?

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