Behaviour Problems

Adolescence involves a process of constant development of different skills and behaviours. Developing skills of emotional management, social skills, assertiveness, communications skills, etc, form essential components in one's behaviour, and necessary to develop a healthy identity and functionality. However, absence of these adequate skills, coupled with a negative self-esteem, can contribute to developing a dysfunctional pattern of behaviour. Furthermore, when parents are unable to handle such behaviours with the right approach and attitude, it can further deteriorate the condition.  
 
Some common adolescent behavioural problems include:
 
  • Significant decrease in school performance 
  • School refusal
  • Arguing and being disrespectful 
  • Lying or hiding facts 
  • Mood swings
  • Frequent aggression or disobedience
  • Defying rules 
  • Decreased communication with parents
  • Being indecisive
  • Problems with memory, attention and concentration
 
As a parent, one can bring in changes in the way of handling the adolescent and adopt some strategies to improve the adolescent's dysfunctional behavior.  
 
  • Showing empathy and being compassionate towards the adolescent to maintain communication
  • Encourage the adolescent and showing one's trust in them  
  • Identifying and trying to eliminate the triggers
  • Rewarding the adolescent with a positive feedback, whenever necessary
  • Helping the adolescents to develop adequate skills 
  • Providing guidance and support to the adolescent
  • Seeking professional guidance from trained professionals to help the adolescent develop better adjustment.
 
"Adolescence is a new birth, for the higher and more completely human traits are now born." - G. Stanley Hall