Handling Teens Who Are Acting Out During The Pandemic

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Being a teen is stressful enough, but especially for a Black teen

“There’s also the fear associated with the pandemic. The teenage years are already an emotional time and some teens may find themselves extremely anxious and afraid of getting the virus. This could lead to them being afraid to interact with anyone outside of the home if they can and while it may be a choice out of fear, the lack of interactions and connections may still negatively impact them in the ways mentioned above,” says Cofield. “The current issues with racism can also make this pandemic more difficult for teens, particularly Black teens. The added emotional stress and trauma could impact them more and make handling the pandemic even more difficult.”

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