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Why is Conformity Such a Dirty Word for Teenagers?

During adolescenceconformity can be something that teenagers fear. All students seek to find themselves in some way, and the concept of conformity can seem highly negative. Because of this, many teenagers turn to negative behaviors and activities, such as drug abuse, in the name of non-conformity. As teenagers get older, the influence of peers becomes stronger than the influence of parents, but when it comes down to it, students with a solid base of virtues fare better. Lava Heights Academy is a residential treatment center that can help troubled teens with these problems. Call us today at 866-452-8772.

Conformity and Teenagers

What ultimately helps troubled teens understand conformity and how it applies to them is to show them how to be themselves while taking part in healthy, beneficial activities. Development of skill or interests is an excellent way to help troubled teens understand themselves better and transcend the problems that peer pressure brings. When it comes down to it, even if troubled teens think that acting against their parents’ wishes is an act of nonconformity, they ultimately conform to something, whether that is drug abuse or negative behavior.

The example that troubled teens live by starts in the home. If you as a parent are able to provide an environment where positivity and good behavior are the norm, the effect that this can have on your student can be immense. Pursuing interests and dreams often is the best antidote to the poisoning effect that peer pressure can have on students. Taking part in bad behavior only leads to worse behavior down the road. When everyone else is doing drugs and throwing their lives away, the act of pursuing one’s dreams is the biggest act of nonconformity possible.

If you would like to know more about therapeutic boarding school and other residential programs for troubled teens, please contact a family counselor at Zion Educational Systems for guidance.  To get started click the button below!

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