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Adolescence Essay

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Adolescence is the transitional period wherein a young person is expected to mature into a healthy adult. A young person may face several obstacles to learning the socially-responsible behaviors that go along with healthy, well-adjusted adulthood. These obstacles can include antisocial behavior. You can consider adolescent antisocial behavior in two ways: The presence of antisocial behavior and the absence of behavior that can be deemed prosocial. Examples of antisocial behavior include aggression, destruction of property and major rule violations. Most children exhibit some antisocial behavior during their development with some exhibiting higher levels than others. Some will exhibit high levels of both prosocial and antisocial…show more content…
Antisocial adolescents can become adults who are more likely to be divorced, unemployed and have psychiatric disorders as well as substance abuse problems. Causes The factors that can influence or contribute to antisocial behavior in adolescents are highly variable; however, they typically result from a range of issues. Those issues can include family problems such as discord in their parents' marriage, substance abuse by parents or physical abuse. Other factors include inconsistent discipline, frequent changes in their primary caregiver as well as in their housing. Factors like the inconsistent discipline can result in an adolescent not being exposed to consequences for their behavior. Inconsistent discipline can result from parents with substance abuse issues and who exhibit other antisocial behaviors. Note that substance abuse can correlate with financial stress; this often accounts for inconsistent primary caregivers and the need to change housing frequently. Antisocial behavior may be demonstrated in response to specific situations. Those situations can include the divorce of their parents or the death of a parent. If a child is exposed their caregiver's antisocial behavior, this also results in an increased risk of future antisocial behavior. Children who are exposed to this type of upbringing may develop a sense of injustice that causes them to identify themselves
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