By WSJ Staff
Tragedies such as the Connecticut school shootings can raise unique issues for parents of teenagers, psychologists say.
Adolescence is often a turbulent time, when youngsters worry “about controlling their anger or frustrations, or even have fantasies about doing weird or crazy things,” says Rich Chaifetz, chief executive of ComPsych, Chicago, a provider of employee-assistance programs. “Even the healthiest kids at that age are struggling to establish their identity and trying to fit into peer groups,” he says.
For troubled kids, news of shootings or other violence can deepen the turmoil.
In the wake of a widely publicized tragedy, parents of teens should watch their children for signs of social withdrawal, agitation or anger, or changes in sleep or study habits, Dr. Chaifetz says.
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