Troubled Teen Help
Category: Family and Home > Parenting
Asked by: easyv-ga
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11 Mar 2006 12:04 PST
Expires: 10 Apr 2006 13:04 PDT
Question ID: 706152
I know a juvinile that has gotten into trouble lately. He has not gone to school for a whole semester, and when he is at home all he does is talk on the phone or on the computer. He also has a temper problem which snaps almost everytime he talks to his father. He also sometimes becomes violent and angry. I want this boy to turn his life away from the the bad road in his life and have him going down th good one. Let me mention that he lives in a very bad neghiborhood and also is into gangs. After school programs do not work because he will never go. Is there any place this child could go that could help him, like a teen boot camp or some type of week long or months camp that could help him become more respectfull to his parents. The camp if possible could be around the bay area extending to hayward ca
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Re: Troubled Teen Help
From: spizzo14-ga on 12 Mar 2006 16:38 PST
If there was someone that he looked up to, like a big brother, a friend or someone he respected this person would be the key to possibly help him, or play up on his interest. If he's under eighteen you can force him to go for counseling or get help by law. If he is over 18 years of age this makes it much more difficult. Their really isn't much to do if hes over 18 as i have encountered a similar situation. You can place him under mental arrest... but the only way to force him to get help and change is if he is a threat to himself or someone else. If you need further information or questions please let me know.
Re: Troubled Teen Help
From: pesquizmaster-ga on 23 Mar 2006 12:03 PST
Many communities have a sort of "Scared Straight" type of program also. In this, the local law enforcement will gather a group of possible delinquents in and take them to the local jail or prison, in an attempt to show them the road down which they are headed. This happened recently with several fifth- through eighth-graders, and although some of them were giggling at the start and didn't take it seriously, once they got into the jail and saw all the prisoners, nearly all of them had changed their attitudes. Failing that, many states have "unruly child" laws that take children into youth detention when they behave so badly that their parents are at their last resort, so to speak. I know a couple that has considered this for one of their children, but haven't done it yet.
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