Section 3 Introduction - As children grow into adolescents, they enter a process through which they figure out who they are, passing through various stages along the way. In working towards identity achievement, both parents and peers function as influential sources of direction and support for the adolescent. Though many exciting changes occur during this period, teens also face several risk factors, such as depression, suicide, and drugs. Teens experience growth in their relationships, not only with their parents and peers but also with romantic partners. Despite adolescents’ developing independence, parents should not underestimate how influential they can be during this stage.