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Authority Resources

Organizations & Websites

Check the yellow pages for teen hotlines. Counselors may be able to offer some good advice for teens and parents on dealing with authority.

Focus On The Family
Colorado Springs, CO 80995.
This Christian organization provides pamphlets, books, and tapes on adolescence and the family or school.
A British site with helpful advice on the years when authority issues predominate.


These journals and magazines run studies and have devoted issues to the topic of authority:

Journal of Adolescence

Youth Worker by Youth Specialties (Christian orientation)

Campus Life (Christian orientation)


Take advantage of media aimed at teenagers to bring up discussions of youth and authority. Ideas include:MOVIES (some are older but timeless in their themes)

  • “The Breakfast Club”
  • “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”
  • “American Beauty” (1999)
  • “Garden State” (2004)

Television Shows

  • “Dawson’s Creek” (1998)
  • “Seventh Heaven” (1997)


Watch advice columns of the local newspapers. Study authorities in local and national papers and magazines. Also look for the example set by kids’ heroes.

Additional Resources

In addition to what is mentioned, ask teens what music they listen to, what movies they see, and which television shows they enjoy. From this platform, they will give you time and will allow you a bit of credibility.

Also, take a look at our other related topics like troubled teens, youth at-risk, adolescents and parenting.

Richard White
© 2018 CYS

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