Struggling teen. Troubled teen. Problem child. Rebellious one.
These terms are all too familiar in coping with or addressing youths who show signs of distress. Social relationships are strained and high-risk behaviors are demonstrated. Trying to provide
the care and guidance that is needed is a major challenge for parents and other caregivers whose greatest desires for their teen are good mental and physical health and even more, selfconfidence and happiness.
This guide is designed to provide parents of struggling teens, and the professionals who work with them, with a concise overview of issues they are likely to face, the range of available services and programs, practical strategies for finding the right services and programs, and advice about how to cope with a struggling teen.
• Description of common signs of distress
• Guide to locating and accessing programs and services
• Considerations before selecting a program or service
• Elements of a comprehensive needs assessment