Comparative Study

| 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

Buddhiprabha D. D. Pathirana

Senior Lecturer in Psychology, Department of Philosophy & Psychology, University of Peradeniya, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka Google Scholar More about the auther

DIP: 18.01.026/20170403

DOI: 10.25215/0403.026


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.

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ISSN 2348-5396

ISSN 2349-3429



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Published in   Volume 04, Issue 3, April-June, 2017