Family life and parental influence adolescence and youth. nurture). Family background has influence over child development in terms of life chances and personal development. Harris (2009) suggested that this is untrue and other influences are more determining, especially during. He also says genetic factors have a bigger influence of how children will turn out, than parenting (nature vs. Steinberg (2000) claims that youth benefit from having parents who are authoritative; warm, firm, and accepting of their needs for psychological autonomy. Claims we need to launch a public health campaign to educate parents of teenagers, like past efforts to educate parents of infants. We have moved from focusing on conflict, based on storm and stress, to being based on close communicative relationships involving a give and take between needs of adolescents and parents. Rather than view adolescents as troubled and relationships with parents/authority as rebellious, evidence suggests that negative experiences characterize of families, and the rest are actually have good relationships.