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Look out for early signs of teen violence: experts

The recent incident of a Class 11 student of DPS, Sushant Lok, and his family members thrashing a school security guard over the issue of parking a car has sent shock waves across the city. Divya Sethi reports.

india Updated: Feb 03, 2012 00:29 IST
Divya Sethi

The recent incident of a Class 11 student of DPS, Sushant Lok, and his family members thrashing a school security guard over the issue of parking a car has sent shock waves across the city.

Psychologists say it is an alarming situation when teenagers vent their frustrations violently.

They feel that parents and teachers play a crucial role in nipping bad behaviour in the bud and they need to be vigilant to keep teen violence in check.

In 2007, a Class 8 student of a reputed private school in Gurgaon had fired gunshots at his classmate to settle scores.

Experts say children are under stress because of changing lifestyles and unending expectations from society and parents.

They also point to the rising number of teenaged patients who seek counselling.

Rachna K Singh, psychologist and lifestyle management expert at Artemis Health Institute, said, “Anger is nothing but an outburst of frustration. Our entire system is dealing with a dichotomy caught between materialism and values. These days, even children are not left behind. They are under immense stress and do not have an outlet.”

She further said, “In most families, both parents are working and they do not have ample time to listen to the problems of children and this is aggravating the problem.”

Dr Jyoti K Madan, psychiatrist, Paras Hospital, said, “With rise of nuclear families and more wealth at disposal, a child's demands are easily fulfiled which leads to problems of adjustment.”

She added, “Parents and teachers play a vital role in tackling this problem. Talking to the child regularly helps in achieving desired results.”

Though most schools have counsellors, children fear stigma and are hesitant to approach them.