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Teen anger management may be needed for rebellious teens with anger issues. When parenting an angry teen, discipline is not always best. Not managing teen anger can lead to violence, drug and alcohol abuse, and more. Get tips on teen anger management.
Knowing how to control his or her anger can be an important step in reducing the chances that a teen will be involved in teen violence. Parents and teens should learn about anger management solutions, especially for a teen who has difficulty controlling his or her emotions.
Teens often feel emotions very strongly, and many not have learned yet how to control their strong emotions. Sometimes teens feel angry when they are hurt, afraid, tired, embarrassed, depressed, frustrated, or stressed out. Also, youth who have witnessed or been victims of violence often have trouble with teen anger management issues.
Anger doesn't need to be repressed, but does need to be controlled. Feeling angry, even at family members, can be a normal part of growing up, but teens need to learn healthy ways of dealing with it, like talking things through without yelling, taking a break to cool off when needed, and listening to the other person to find compromises.
Some of the negative effects of no teen anger management can include:
Depending on the individual teen, there are several approaches or steps to teen anger management that may help him or her, such as:
Teens who need help managing their anger should not be afraid or embarrassed to ask for help. Since teens are still learning to control their emotions, there's nothing wrong with needing help learning to do so. Counselors can help teens and their families learn better ways to deal with anger. Parents can help by setting a good example for teens of not losing their tempers, or of getting help with their own anger management issues if necessary.
Sources:Children's Hospital Boston, Center for Young Women's Health, "Anger Management: A Guide for Teens" [online]
SAMHSA's National Mental Health Information Center, Helping Your Children Navigate Their Teenage Years: A Guide for Parents, "Managing Anger: Theirs and Yours" [online]
Nemours, TeensHealth, "How Can I Deal With My Anger?" [online]
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