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HyperRESEARCH helps Mothers and Adolescents build Friendships

In "Balancing Acts - Adolescents' and Mothers' Friendship Projects" by Sheila K. Marshall (University of British Columbia), Richard A. Young (University of British Columbia), and Lauree C. Tilton-Weaver (Örebro University, Sweden), published in the Journal of Adolescent Research, Vol. 23, No. 5, pp 544-565 (Sep 2008), the authors used HyperRESEARCH in their study which "describes the joint goal-directed series of actions, or joint friendship projects, of 19 mothers and their adolescents. Data were collected through videotaped conversations, video recall interviews, and self-report logs collected over an 8-month period. Qualitative analysis of the data revealed joint projects characterized by the pursuit of competing priorities. Efforts to balance competing priorities are described as three forms of balancing acts: (a) organizing time for friendships and responsibilities, (b) adolescent independence with friends while ensuring physical safety, and (c) balancing inclusion in the peer context and the risk of physical and emotional harm from friends and peers." The full article can be viewed here.

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