Narrator: This is Science Today. No one ever said being the parent of a teenager was going to be easy, but University of California, San Francisco psychiatrist Lynn Ponton, says it's doesn't have to be as bad as some may think. According to Ponton, the whole period of adolescence has long been defined by negative risk taking.
Ponton: The process of risk taking by it's very nature, it's a process where a young person or an adult or a child takes on a challenge. Almost inherent in that process is the possibility that they could have negative consequences or positive consequences. So, it really has the possibility to go each way.
Narrator: But if teens are going the risky route, parent's should learn how to communicate effectively.
Ponton: The lecture status, even the discussion doesn't always work. I think hanging out with them after school,, lying on the couch or the floor together, or taking the city bus with them and riding around with them. Those are circumstances where teens give a lot of information.
Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.