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FARIA, Ana Paula Simeão  and  PONCIANO, Edna Lucia Tinoco. Achievements and failures: parents as a safe base for the emotional experience in the adolescence. Pensando fam. [online]. 2018, vol.22, n.1, pp. 87-103. ISSN 1679-494X.

In the adolescence, the relationship between parents and children goes through changes along with the transformations and development in the adolescent’s life. The adolescent tends to distance himself/herself from his/her parents to develop his/her own individuality. Nevertheless, it is important that the attachment between parents and children has continuity. Our aim is to investigate and discuss the relevance of parental support in emotional experiences of failure and achievements during adolescence. Six boys and six girls participated in this study, between the age of 15 and 19. A semi-structured script interview was used. The interviews were transcribed and Content analysis was made. Our main conclusion is that adolescents consider parental support important, as a safe base, for the regulation of the negative emotional experiences and reinforcement for the positive emotional experiences. This support fosters a family environment that facilitates the process of emotional development.

Keywords : Parents and children’s relationship; Adolescence; Emotional development.

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