During a time when young people should be exploring who they are, they are often forced to become who they ‘ought to be’. Parents, teachers, community members and administrators ask children to take on adult roles before they are prepared with the necessary tools, while refusing to acknowledge the adult we have forced them to become. ‘Many adolescents feel betrayed by a society that tells them to grow up fast but also to remain a child.’ It is this tension that young people attempt to reconcile on a daily basis.
"The adult child: equipping teenagers to deal with conflict,"
ADR Bulletin: Vol. 3
, Article 4.
Available at: http://epublications.bond.edu.au/adr/vol3/iss5/4