Research suggests that tapping into strengths in adolescence can help to increase positive coping and wellbeing (Proctor et al., 2011; Zhao et al., 2021), strengthen relationships (García-Vázquez et al., 2020) and enhance performance and engagement (Mamatha & Chowhan, 2020). 

Parents are well-placed to help children recognise and encourage their strengths. This is often referred to as strength-based parenting, and is associated with a myriad of wellbeing outcomes in adolescence, including overall wellbeing and academic achievement (Waters et al., 2019). 

Try this!

Take notice of when your child uses a strength

Further Resources

  • School TV have a number of brief video clips on character strengths:

Your Child at their best:

Helping Your Child Be Their Best: