Adolescence (ages 12-19) is foundational for adulthood. Many changes occur during adolescence preparing adolescents for adult life. Some of these changes include physical changes accompanying puberty, cognitive changes, and social changes like spending less time with family and more time with peers.Adolescents' social shift away from family has raised questions on how much influence parents have on their teens. Researchers found parents have an influence on their teens, particularly on teens' moral development. Different parenting styles (Baumrind, 1966 ), family structures (two-parent vs. single-parent vs. adoptive parents, etc.), and levels of family cohesiveness play roles in adolescents' moral development. This review examines research on adolescent moral development within the context of family life, specifically, analyzing results and the research implications, then directions for future research are discussed.

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