This study was to reveal the implications of communication
by analyzing real cases of mother and adolescent children
experiencing conflicts and crisis in communicative action based on
Habermas' Theory of Communicative Action in which actors in
society seek to reach a mutual understanding through reasoned
argument and discussion. To achieve the goal of this study,
literatures regarding Habermas' Theory of Communicative Action as
well as preceding studies concerning parents-children communication
were reviewed; in addition, subjects' self-reporting cases (case 1, 2,
and 3) were analyzed based on the Theory of Habermas.
The study reached conclusion as follows. Communication
between mother and adolescent children is mainly led by mother
who tries to deliver her opinions rather than listening to children;
and conflict is likely to be created any time at any occasion if
mother's authority is challenged by children. For this reason,
mother's authoritative manner results in limiting communication with
children. To overcome it, Habermas' Theory needs to be applied,
which argues that change in action will be made when interactive
communication takes place in a non-overbearing environment where
a common understanding is reached through discussion. This will
help adolescents not only to well adapt to society and think
positively, but also to nurture the sense of citizenship as a member
of society. Consequently, it is required to adopt education and communication training programs for parents based on Habermas'
Theory of Communicative Action.