Narrator: This is Science Today. Anyone who has a teenager living at home knows all too well that the transition between adolescence and adulthood is a challenging time for both parents and teens. Child development expert Brenda Bryant of the University of California, Davis, says that's because teens are trying to assert their independence, so they often ignore adults and feign rebellion.
Bryant: But we find that at the same time that that's going on, they also very much want the support and backing of the parents.
Narrator: Bryant says fathers especially can play a particular role in their teen's development.
Bryant: We find most professional and successful career women have had fathers who were very important and very involved in their life and valued what the girl was doing from a work standpoint. So fathers play a particular role in girl's development around achievement and fathers play a particular role in boy's development around their emotional life.
Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.