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Aggressive behavior?

I am working with a 15-year-old female youth who displays aggressive behaviors and violent tendencies, does anyone have any suggestions for working with this youth?

Jennifer Shaw

Jennifer asked for suggestions for working with an aggressive 15-year-old girl ...

Do you have more information? For example do you know the antecedent (why the behaviour is occurring)? Are you tracking the behaviour in a way to see when it occurs (time of day, what the teen is doing prior to behaviour occurring, environmental, etc...) If you have any of this information I am then sure some strategies could be provided.

Tonya White
Behaviour Therapist
Ontario, Canada


I think Tonya offers great suggestions re questions to find out why and when this behaviour is occurring...tracking the youth's behaviour is extremely valuable and should help you to identify triggers or other circumstances that are threatening to this youth.

Once you have this information you can begin to develop interventions and strategies that have less of a chance of making matters worse.

At 15 yrs of age I should think the youth could also offer some insight into what upsets her.

Good luck
Brenda MacGillivray

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