Violent actions in teens can include a wide range of behaviors, including explosive temper tantrums, physical aggression, fighting, threats or attempts to hurt others, homicidal thoughts, intentional destruction of property and vandalism. If teenagers don’t get help and continue on their path of destruction, their future outcome could be worse, such as cruelty toward animals, fire setting or use of a weapon which could permanently ruin their lives, their family’s lives as well as their victims. Studies suggest that a combination of factors leads to an increased risk of aggression in adolescents.
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Aspects of Increased Risks of Violence
Media exposure of intense movies, tv, videogames
Being the victim of abuse
Exposure to violence in the home and community
Use of alcohol or drugs or both
Family heredity factors genetics
Available weapons in the home
Previous aggressive issues
Head injury resulting in brain damage
Combination of poverty, unemployment, deprivation
Parental breakup or divorce
Young people who have several of these issues along with exhibiting emotional problems, need to be carefully assessed. Parents should watch for any warning signs to become apparent in these kids.
Common Symptoms of Behavior to Watch For
Losing their temper
They get frustrated easily
If you are concerned about your child, an immediate intervention is necessary. Early treatment by a professional can often help and turn around the future outcome for these kids. The goals of the treatment facility should focus on teaching your teen to learn how to control their anger, address family conflicts and school problems, learn how to be responsible for their actions, accept consequences and express frustrations in appropriate ways.
Research suggests that anger and aggression can be controlled and prevented if the many risk factors are addressed. But, the best prevention should be directed at the decrease of exposure to violence in the media and in the home.