Are you a parent or guardian struggling with a troubled teen? While some behavioral issues are minor and best resolved at home, there are warning signs that your teen may need a more structured approach to get them on a healthy, constructive path. This quiz can help you determine if Shepherd’s Hill Academy is the right solution for your child. Take your time and answer the questions carefully. When you are finished, click on “See Results.” We understand you are struggling and we are here to help.
1. My Teen is Consistently Defiant & Disobedient
He/She refuses to abide by what I say. They break our house rules without remorse. It’s like when I say something, they do the opposite.
2. My Teen is Engaging in Risky Behavior
They’re disregarding consequences in order to seek pleasure now. They are frequently putting themselves in danger. I fear that their decisions will put them, and our family, in harms way. I’m constantly living in fear and anxiety over these decisions.
3. My Teen is Displaying Drastic Changes in Behavior
At first I thought it was just part of being a teen, but it seem that their new behavior is here to stay. They sleep too little or too long. They’re forgetful and have little to no motivation. Sometimes they show aggression or anxiety. It seems she/he hates everything they used to love. It seems like they’ve fallen into a deep depression.
4. My Teen is Incredibly Disrespectful
Their blatant lack of respect if frustrating. They do not listen to me or others in authority. They laugh it off like everything is a joke.
5. My Teen is Dishonest
What I thought was just a little white lie is turning out to be much more habitual. I keep catching them in lies, but rather than admit the truth they just try to cover it up. I don’t know what to believe anymore.
6. My Teen is Participating in Self-Harm
I fear my teen may be cutting or harming themselves physically. They have exhibited moody behavior, signs of depression, and I fear they have contemplated suicide.
7. My Teen is Actively Using Drugs/Alcohol
My teen is using substances behind the backs of our family members. They try to hide it, make up excuses, and sneak around. They may steal money. I’m very worried about the decisions they are making while under the influence. They don’t realize the consequences for their actions.
8. My Teen is Engaging in Promiscuous Activity
He/She is sexually active. They may or may not have had a relationship with more than one person. I fear they have a low self-worth and are trying to find love in a dangerous place.
9. My Teen is Becoming Violent
What used to just be anger has turned into rage and acting out. He sometimes throws things, hits, punches, or breaks things. He has turned his violence towards objects, animals, or even people. I fear for him, but I also fear for my family’s safety.
10. My Teen has a New Friend Group
His/Her peers are more important than his family. It seems like they’ve actually put a rift between us. He/she is distancing themselves more and more. I know these new friends do not engage in healthy behavior and I can see it has already influence my teen.