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TEENAGERS Being a teenager is not easy. There are many roles that need to be fulfilled, such as, child; sibling; student; athlete, performer and/or artist. Such roles require judgment skills that are not fully formed yet, in a teenager's brain. Thus, the amount of pressure and stress they feel can make them turn to negative coping skills and activities that may be seen as impulsive, when in fact they (teens) are incapable of making sound decision making when their brains are still developing and hormones are raging through their bodies. It is our responsibility as role models to assist them through these stages.
Facts about Teens:
An estimated 20% of teens will experience depression before they reach adulthood
40 million people, ages 12 and older, can be clinically classified to meet diagnostic requirements of substance abuse (SA). Prescription drug abuse is a major epidemic among adolescents and young adults. 38% of boys in middle and high school reported using protein supplements and steroids.
1 in 5 females and 1 in 7 males engage in self injury
90% of people who engage in self harm begin during their teen or pre-adolescent years
50% percent of those who engage in self injury activities have been sexually abused
Females comprise 60 percent of those who engage in self injurious behavior
50% percent of those who engage in self mutilation begin around age 14 and carry on into their 20s
****Many of those who self injure report learning how to do so from friends or pro self injury websites****
More than 50% of adolescent girls engage in crash dieting, fasting, self-induced vomiting, diet pills, or laxatives. Overweight girls are more likely than normal weight girls to engage in such extreme dieting. Most teen girls have a negative view of themselves with 7 out of 10 believing they are not good enough.
A girl’s self-esteem is more strongly related to how she views her own body shape and body weight, than how much she actually weighs.
So, What does this all mean?
Research explains that adolescents crave attention and better communication from their parental figures. Thus, parental involvement is the key to assisting teens through their developmental stages.
Nofi, K. (2015). Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse.
Boutelle, Neumark-Sztainer, Story, & Resnick, 2002; Neumark-Sztainer&Hannan, 2001; Wertheim et al., 2009