Behavioral Definitions

1. Demonstrate an inability to communicate effectively with the teenager.

2. Lack trust in the teenager's decision-making abilities.

3. Lack the discipline skills necessary to set reasonable limits and encourage the teenager's independent functioning.

4. Worry about the negative influences of sex, violence, drugs, and peers on their teenager.

5. Reluctant to allow the teenager to accept adult responsibility and independence.

6. Push and pressure the teenager to excel academically, socially, artistically, or athletically.

7. Report high levels of stress and anxiety in the family.

8. Teenager lacks respect for self, parents, and others.

9. Teenager exhibits symptoms of anger, unhappiness, and depression. 10. Teenager withdraws from parents and seeks role models and nurturing outside of the family.

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