At-Risk

Resources for parents of at-risk and troubled teens.

teen issues

Tuesday

13

May 2008

Causes of impulse control disorder

by At-Risk.org Staff, on ADHD, impulse control disorder, teen issues, troubled teenagers

Exact causes of impulse control disorders are unknown, but may be linked to genetics, family environment, and/or neurological factors. Some research suggests that impulse control disorders are linked to certain hormones, abnormal nerve impulses, and variations in brain chemistry and function. Children and adolescents who have had a severe head injury and who have epilepsy may be at greater risk of developing these disorders. In children and adolescents, impulse…

Monday

12

May 2008

Impulse control disorder

by At-Risk.org Staff, on impulse control disorder, kleptomania, pyromania, teen issues, troubled teenagers

Impulse control disorders are a relatively new class of personality disorders characterized by an ongoing inability to resist impulses to perform actions that are harmful to oneself or others. The most common of these are intermittent explosive disorder, kleptomania, pyromania and compulsive gambling disorder. Also, Repetitive self-mutilation is considered by some experts to be a type of impulse control disorder. In this condition, people cause intentional harm to themselves through…

Thursday

08

May 2008

What to do with juvenile delinquents?

by At-Risk.org Staff, on Deinstitutionalization, Jail and Lockup Removal, juvenile delinquents, OJJDP, Overrepresentation of minority youths, Segregation, teen issues, troubled teenagers

According to the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention ( OJJDP ), there are four anti-confinement mandates regarding juvenile custody. These are: Deinstitutionalization: Youths charged with "status" offenses that would not be crimes if committed by adults, such as truancy, running away and being caught with alcohol or tobacco, must be "deinstitutionalized," which in this case really means that, with certain exceptions (e.g., minor in possession of a handgun), status…

Wednesday

16

April 2008

How suicidals feel

by At-Risk.org Staff, on depression, teen isolation, teen issues, teenage loneliness, teenage suicide, troubled teenagers

Parents should know that suicide is not just an instant decision or attempt, because a teenager is awfully in pain and he or she just wants to get rid of it. Suicide is actually a premeditated drastic and dangerous action. Of course, there are trigger factors that push further the intention of a teenager to do it. Also, suicide affects every faculty of an individual. For example,  his or her…

Wednesday

16

April 2008

Suicide Awareness Quiz

by At-Risk.org Staff, on suicidal awareness quiz, teen isolation, teen issues, teenage loneliness, troubled teenagers

The Suicide Awareness Quiz: It's very difficult to predict who will kill themselves since most kids who commit suicide do not communicate their intentions. _ True _ False It may be helpful to ask a youngster who appears overly depressed, withdrawn, or grief-stricken whether she has ever considered suicide as a solution to her problems. _ True _ False Most young people who commit suicide have made a clear decision that death is their…

Wednesday

16

April 2008

Young and tattooed

by At-Risk.org Staff, on tattoos, teen isolation, teen issues, teenage loneliness, troubled teenagers

Traditionally, tattoos have been a symbol of status and wealth in the society. However today, teenagers get tattoos because they want to be accepted in or to stand out from their crowd, mostly in school. Unfortunately, most of them learn to regret and even hate their tattoos when that crowd is gone. That is why most tattooists refuse to give young kids tattoos. Another reason is that the physical body…

Monday

14

April 2008

Top risk factors of alcohol

by At-Risk.org Staff, on anxiety, anxious teenagers, teen issues, teenage anxiety, troubled teenagers

Little did parents know that alcohol is a kind of drug. In fact, it is responsible for most drug-related deaths. Why? Because it is related to a number of health risks. Besides, it is very hard to prevent teenagers from being curious with alcohol. The top risk factors of alcohol include drink driving, binge drinking and unsafe sex. Other risks include drowning and brawling or fighting.…

Thursday

03

April 2008

Risk factors for joining gangs

by At-Risk.org Staff, on teen issues, teenage problems, teenagers, teenagers and gang, troubled teenagers

What are the risk factors for teenagers in joining a gang? Poverty - a sense of hopelessness in meeting both physical and psychological needs. Teenagers somehow need self-pride and self-worth and gangs provide that kind of security. They usually succumb in cashing in the drug trade. Racism - when teenagers encounter personal and institutional and personal racism, the risks usually increased. It always happens when certain people are denied of…

Wednesday

02

April 2008

Protective factors of gangs

by At-Risk.org Staff, on teen issues, teenage problems, teenagers, teenagers and gang, troubled teenagers

At some point gangs could be really a positive experience for teenagers, provided that they know their boundaries and keep it in an interpersonal level without the drugs and all those negative factors. Here are some of the reasons: Developing social and interpersonal skills A sense of personal responsibility, self-esteem,and self-efficacy Reflective experience rather than impulsive action Internal locus of control (for instance, the belief of being able to…