Troubled teen Assessment
Parents often notice changes in a son or daughter’s behavior and attitudes in the teen years. As a teen’s frontal lobe of the brain develops, this affects their emotions and how they make decisions. Teens also experience physical hormonal changes, and you may find it hard to know what’s normal, and what’s not.
When teens struggle during this time, you want to do everything you can as a good parent to help your teen. But what kind of help does he or she need? What are your best options? How quickly can you find the best help near you? Should you consider placing your teen in a therapeutic school, or can you book sessions with a professional counselor nearby? What if he or she has a serious psychological issue that needs immediate psychiatric or medical help?
To help you make the correct parental decisions, and rate the risk level of your teen’s behavior, we’ve created the Troubled Teen Risk Assessment. Simply read through this list of behaviors, and check off any that describe your teen’s recent actions, attitude, and choices.
Check each box that describes the significant behavior changes that you’ve seen recently in your teen boy or girl:
If you would rather print this assessment out to complete it, click here to download a PDF version.
- __ Sleeps much more, or less,than normal
- __ Severe mood swings
- __ Hides any alcohol use
- __ Defies boundaries & home rules
- __ Disobeys authority/parents openly
- __ Dishonest, lies to cover up actions
- __ Disregards consequences of choices
- __ Sexual promiscuity
- __ Disrespects people/property
- __ Demands attention, disregards others
- __ Exhibits anxiety
- __ Considers peers more important than family
- __ Isolates self from others
- __ Expresses hate of family
- __ Shy/withdrawn
- __ Phobias, abnormal fears
- __ Panic attacks
- __ Manipulates others
- __ Easily manipulated by friends
- __ Steals or cheats with no remorse
- __ Hides any illegal drug use/addiction*
- __ Explosive rage/violence at home*
- __ Threatens suicide*
- __ Cruel to animals, pets*
- __ Runs away from home*
- __ Threatens family aggressively*
- __ Signs of self-mutilation, cutting*
- __ Extreme weight loss or gain*
- __ Makes threats with weapons*
- __ Sets fires/arson*
- __ Associates with or joins a gang*
- __ Black-outs/memory loss*
If your teen ranks low on the assessment scale, with only 1 or 2 boxes checked, then you can look into counseling for your teen and family. Checking 7+ boxes, you should consider placing your teen in therapeutic boarding school where he or she can learn from therapists who can identify the sources of these behaviors, and help your teen make new thinking and behaving a habit.
But if you’ve checked any boxes with an *, then your teen may have suffered a serious psychological change that needs immediate psychiatric or medical help. These extreme changes in behavior truly require your involvement – please consult professional help as soon as possible. If your teen shows signs of suicide, depression, cutting, eating disorders, illegal drug use, fire setting/arson, threats to family, black-out memory loss, violent thoughts/actions, threats with weapons, cruelty to animals/pets, gang involvement, running away from home… please consult professional help as soon as possible.
*Note – This short assessment is not a medical or psychological diagnosis. The assessment is only meant to be a helpful, limited guide for parents with troubled teenager. Please consult professional help for next steps with your child.
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