Teens who exhibit problematic social behaviors show reduced brain activity and weaker connectivity between the brain regions implicated in emotion regulation. Parenting an antisocial teenager can be tough sometimes. If you have never dealt with it yourself, it can be difficult to understand their struggles. Antisocial behavior may begin during childhood and if maintained during adolescence. It is likely to continue and escalate during adulthood. During adolescence, antisocial behavior may be reinforced and shaped by exchanges between the teenager and his parents and peers. The teenage years can be a challenging social period where teens are looking to fit in while figuring out who they are. They may not want to ask for help if they are struggling and instead, resort to withdrawing themselves.
Signs of Antisocial Behavior In Teens
Signs of antisocial behavior in teens can include the following:
- irritability and aggressiveness
- frequent fighting
- lying, cheating and other deceitful behavior
- reckless disregard for personal safety or the safety of others
- lack of remorse for hurtful acts
- failure to apply oneself in school
- history of truancy, delinquency, vandalism, theft, unlawful acts
Addressing Antisocial Behaviors
You may not know exactly what to do to support your teen and help them overcome their antisocial behaviors. However, there are some ways you can help your teen get the help they need. Here are some methods used to treat antisocial behaviors:
- problem solving skills training
- cognitive behavioral therapy
- behavioral family intervention
- family therapy and adolescent therapy
Studies also show that warmth, affection, reasonable discipline, and an authoritative parenting style have positive outcomes for children. You should confront your teen if you notice they are showing troubling behavior. You should work to identify the cause for these behaviors then go from there. Some antisocial behaviors can simply be attributed to normal teen-hood such as being withdrawn or mildly rebellious. However, these things can signal something much worse aswell. Don’t ignore your teen and their behaviors.
BlueFire Wilderness can help
BlueFire Wilderness Therapy is an adventure-based program for teens ages 11-17 who struggle with addictive behaviors. Wilderness therapy removes students from the distraction of peers, devices, and demands of life and allow them to heal in a supportive and nurturing environment. Students will be able to focus on themselves and become more aware of their troubling behaviors. BlueFire gives them the skills and tools they need to combat these behaviors and be on their way to a happy and healthy life. We can help your family today!
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