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  Parents 'don't understand' teen problems
Updated 30 December 2002, 12.30
Stress and worry
Parents are out of touch with the problems faced by teenagers.

That's the finding of a survey by the Get Connected helpline.

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Teen problems
42% of parents think drugs are biggest problem
33% of teens said relationships are biggest worry
19% of teens said drugs are main concern
It showed that almost 42% of all parents who were questioned think drugs are the biggest problem faced by teenagers.

But the survey showed that teenagers are more worried about relationships and health.

A third of young people who took part said that relationships - including friends and family - were their biggest worry.

Only 19% of teenagers said drugs were their main concern.

Bullying

Bullying was picked out as the biggest problem for 13% of teenagers - but only by 7% of parents.

Overall, the report found young people faced a wider range of problems than parents were aware of.

Get Connected is a free helpline for young people which connects callers to suitable organisations. You can find out more by clicking on the link on the right.

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