It has been said time and time again that teenagers are, by nature, defiant in their behavior. New parents think nervously about the day their little ones will reach the teenage stage. Often, however, defiant behavior in teenagers is caused by outside influences, rather than biology. Peer influence, drugs, depression, social disorders, and other pressures can affect teen behavior. Behavior is learned by imitating others and is strengthened through rewards and punishments, according to a study conducted by Ronald L Akers and associates at the University of Iowa. In a research study conducted at the University of Virginia by Joseph P.
Beyond deviancy-training: Deviant adolescent friendships and long-term social development
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Adolescent association with deviant and delinquent friends was examined for its roots in coercive parent-teen interactions and its links to functional difficulties extending beyond delinquent behavior and into adulthood. A community sample of adolescents was followed from age 13 to 27, with collateral data obtained from close friends, classmates, and parents. Even after accounting for adolescent levels of delinquent and deviant behavior, association with deviant friends was predicted by coercive parent-teen interactions and then linked to declining functioning with peers during adolescence and greater internalizing and externalizing symptoms and poorer overall adjustment in adulthood. Results are interpreted as suggesting that association with deviant friends may disrupt a core developmental task—establishing positive relationships with peers—with implications that extend well beyond deviancy-training effects. The current study examined the hypothesis that the effects of associating with deviant friends in adolescence are even broader and longer lasting than first recognized. In addition to the impact of associations with deviant friends on delinquent behavior, these deviant peer associations are now hypothesized to affect a core developmental task—establishing positive relationships with peers during adolescence—as well as a number of key psychosocial outcomes extending well into adulthood.
Beyond Deviancy-Training: Deviant Adolescent Friendships and Long-term Social Development
How do you know if your child is going through an adolescent phase, or if his out-of-control behavior is here to stay? My teenager will grow out of it. Perhaps friends or relatives have assured them with these words. And our media and some counselors may even tell them that what their child is doing is normal.
As a parent, you naturally feel concerned about your child before he even reaches his teen years. You might wonder how to cope with common issues, such as experimenting with drugs and alcohol, curfew violations or bullying. Like most children, your son might be curious about sexuality. While much of this curiosity is normal, children sometimes move beyond innocent exploration into deviant behavior. However, you might wonder how to know if he has crossed that line, what his true intentions are and what you can do to help.