Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work

First Advisor

Prof. Phu Phan, MSW

Second Advisor

Maria Dinis, Ph.D., MSW

Third Advisor

Karo Jensen-Schneider, MSW


This exploratory qualitative study examines the impact of hypertechnical communications on parent-adolescent relations. Five families with adolescents responded with their stories regarding hypertechnical communications. A degree of parent-adolescent conflict is considered normative as it relates to adolescent autonomy development. This study sought to understand the impact of hypertechnical communications on the freedom of adolescents and any resulting conflict. Family systems and parenting have changed with the adaptation of hypertechnical communications. Adolescents have been given the power, through hypertechnical communications, to have more divergent agendas from those of the family at large. Adding the power of instant communication and information to adolescent autonomy development has led to a state of virtual emancipation for many teens.


SC 11.MSW.2001.Lawlor.RM

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