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I think one of the most common coping mechanisms of today's teenagers (as compared to previous generations) to any challenge, is to connect with others on the Internet. Most students I have "check out" when they are most stressed out by getting online, playing games, checking Facebook, and listening to music.
Given that I have a teenage daughter, I would suggest that other girls her age tend to struggle with their own identity. Too many times I have questioned my daughter about a clothing choice (not that it was inappropriate, but it simply wasn't "her"). She answered that everyone else wore clothes "like that." I had the "be your own person" talk, but in an environment which is so difficult, it is hard to deter the behavior.
I think many teenagers struggle with the very thing they want: freedom. They want freedom to make their own choices, but then are overwhelmed by the possible consequences of those actions. They want to do things their way, but also rely on mom and dad to help them too. They don't want advice on some topics and demand advice on others. It can be a challenge to navigate all this from the teenager's perspective as well as the adults.
Teenagers have a lot of challenges. This is partially because they are still developing socially and physically. The teenage years are a time of great change and this leads to many issues. Insecurity is one such issue. Many teenagers are unsure of themselves. Social awkwardness and emotional swings can be difficult to handle. Sometimes this can lead to bullying or other social issues as well. I think the teenage years are probably some of the most difficult. Teenagers want to be independent but aren't really capable of complete autonomy.
I think one issue that is a problem for teenagers is the way that modern society does not really give them an opportunity to publically acknowledge the fact that they are growing up and are no longer children. However, they are not allowed to become men and women, and as a result, occupy a place where they are liminal in terms of their identity, as they are not children, yet not adults. Teenagers seem to cope with this by forming their own identity as sullen, recalcitrant and withdrawn individuals, though of course this is a generalisation.
Teenagers have a wealth of emotional, social and physical challenges to face. Between 13 and 19 there are the pressures of education, puberty and social identity making the teenage years frenetic. How do they cope? Some don't: those who do tend to receive and give information effectively to be informed of the ways to navigate this difficult path.
They do it in lots of different ways, don't they? They have challenges like how to deal with their parents or with their teachers. They have to worry about their future. They have to worry about their relationships with peers.
Some deal with it by leaning on their friends and their family members. Some of them do it through faith in God. Others try to cope with alcohol or drugs. There are so many different ways that various teens cope...
Unfortunately, some teenagers have to cope with schools that are not positive learning environments -- schools in which violence is always a possibility and in which many of their fellow students are not serious about learning. One way to cope with such challenges might be to try to keep one's focus on one's studies as much as possible and to seek out teachers who may take an interest in serious learners. Many parents help their children cope with such situations by removing them from such situations and putting them in private schools.
Teen angst... existational issues... self hate...
This world lacks understanding and compassion for adolescents of today's generation.
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