Teens get hard time at home

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 02 January, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 02 January, 1999, 12:00am

Most parents expect too much from their teenage children and put them under unnecessary pressure which causes family rows, a survey in Tianjin found.

Researchers discovered the majority of parents used simple and brutal methods to teach their children.

Nearly 80 per cent projected long-cherished wishes or unaccomplished ambitions on teenagers, disregarding the children's abilities.

Fifty-eight per cent of parents intervened too much in their children's lives and 66 per cent were too harsh.

Researchers at the city's education academy questioned more than 1,000 youngsters between 11 and 16 and their parents, the Guangming Daily reported.

'Parents insisted what they did was based on love,' said researcher Meng Yuqun.