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Who Do Kids Listen To When They Don't Listen To Their Parents?

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PCA National Advisory Board Member Dacher Keltner is a Psychology Professor and the Director of the Greater Good Science Center (@GreaterGoodSC) at UC-Berkeley. Keltner is most famous in the sports world for his study on NBA teams, when he identified a link between positive, supportive ‘touching’ (such as high-fives) and success on the court. Keltner is also a published author, most recently publishing The Power Paradox.

According to Keltner, both teachers and coaches are some of the most important people in society, especially for the rebellious teenager who tends to stop listening to their parents. Studies show that when teenagers stop listening and learning from their parents, they learn from their peers, and they learn a lot from other adult figures in their lives like coaches and teachers.