Causes of Antisocial Behavior in Teens
By Stonewater Recovery · 2 minute read
You may have heard of teenagers being antisocial and that it is just a phase that they are going through. Then when you see your teen being antisocial, you start to get afraid that something is really wrong although you may not know what being antisocial really means. The words antisocial behavior may lend its name to mean that someone would isolate from the world and keep from being social, which are symptoms, but there is much more to this type of behavior. What antisocial behavior really entails is a teenager who is angry, aggressive, and intolerant. Verbal abuse, bullying, and covert conduct including lying, sneaking around, incompliance, and destruction of property is what antisocial is defined as and can start as early as the toddler years. As the person grows into adolescence and into their teens, high-risk activities also start to occur such as drug and alcohol abuse, unprotected sex, and theft. Antisocial behavior can manifest in a few different ways. First and foremost, the temperament of the child and their level of irritability could start the ball rolling with antisocial behaviors along with other developmental issues such as attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), depression, anxiety, impulse control, and learning disabilities.
The environmental factors that a teen is exposed to can also be the cause of antisocial behavior to materialize.
- Parents who are addicted to drugs and alcohol.
- Parents who exhibit antisocial behaviors themselves.
- Parents who suffer from depression.
- Parents who provide an unstable home life.
- Erratic relationships which become problematic in the home and at school.
- Economic distress to deal with at an early age.
If you or an adolescent you know needs to get help for drug or alcohol abuse, Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center can give you the guidance that you deserve. Establishing a strong network of family and community can reinforce practices for living substance free.
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