Teenagers fighting, bullying or offending each other is common. However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, this ongoing problem can have fatal consequences and so eliminating such harmful behaviors through specific techniques is crucial. Risk factors such as history of violence, drug or alcohol use, and association with violent peers should be taken into account when trying to eliminate fighting. Parent and teacher involvement when attempting to solve the problem is essential.
Healthy and Creative Outlets
A highly successful technique for preventing teenagers from fighting is providing them with healthy outlets for their energy and powerful emotions. According to a study carried out by the Shock Trauma Center of the University of Maryland, teenagers who are given healthy outlets tend to release negativity, stress and anger without resorting to violence. Regular exercise as well as creative activities significantly help regulate hormonal imbalances and release excessive energy.
Communication and Involvement
According to research carried out by the Wyman Teen Outreach Program, healthy adult-teen communication and effective parent and teacher involvement make a remarkable difference. Because teenagers are vulnerable and easy to influence, developing a solid relationship with them reduces the risk of peer pressure. Knowing that they can open up and discuss anything with their parents can prevent them from trying to solve a problem with violence. Knowing that their teachers are there for them can effectively prevent them from feeling insecure and using violence.
Teachers and parents can prevent teenagers from intimidating each other and resorting to violence by setting the right example. According to Eda LeShan, author of "The Best Kept Secret About Discipline," teenagers watch adult behavior and copy it. This is often how they determine the best way to behave in certain circumstances. When parents and teachers succeed in expressing themselves without fighting, this is usually the attitude that teenagers choose to adopt as well.
Teenagers can feel stressed, angry and suffocated. They have a strong urge to express their emotions and when they know they are free to do so, they usually avoid making themselves heard in any other way. According to Dr. Laura J. Martin, medical editor for WebMD, teenagers are more likely to avoid using drugs or violence when they are given the chance to safely express themselves. When they feel they matter and are given the attention they need, they are less susceptible to peer pressure, making them less inclined to fight.
- Better Child: Are You Setting A Good Example?
- R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center: Promoting Healthy Alternatives for Teens
- National Center for Injury Prevention and Control: Understanding Youth Violence
- Family Stress Relief Guide: The Roles of Teenage Hormones
- Web MD: Teens Who Can Express Themselves More Likely to Avoid Drugs
- The Wyman Teen Outreach Program: Reducing and Preventing Teen Violence
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