| Published: April 29, 2017
Exploring the Perceived Positive Relationship Interactions of the Sri Lankan Adolescents and Their Teachers in the Context of Adolescent Psychosocial Well-being
Adolescence is a time of change and transition, specifically in the context of interpersonal relationships with significant adults in their lives. Adolescence is also a period in which vastly reflects growing psychological and emotional independence from adults and proximity and dependence to peers. Therefore, adolescents often must negotiate and establish relationships with adults under less than optimal conditions. Thus, nature and quality of relationship interactions between teachers and adolescents are fundamental to understanding adolescent psychosocial wellbeing. A particular concern lies with the adolescents who do not enjoy positive, supportive relationships with their teachers. Such adolescents are often at risk for academic and psychosocial problems. The present study explores Sri Lankan adolescents’ perceived relationship interactions with their teachers and its impact on their psychosocial wellbeing, using in depth interviews. The findings provide specific components pertaining to strong positive relationships such as empathy, warmth, sense of comfort, guidance, provision of financial assistance when in need and confidentiality. However, adolescents also mentioned teachers as figures detrimental to their wellbeing.
This is an Open Access Research distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any Medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
© 2017 Pathirana B
Received: March 25, 2017; Revision Received: April 18, 2017; Accepted: April 29, 2017
Published in Volume 04, Issue 3, April-June, 2017