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Rebellious teenager behavior is common. However, there are different degrees of being a rebellious teenager, and in some cases, rebellious teenagers can turn into defiant teens. This article compares rebellious teenager vs. defiant teenager.
One part of growing up involves finding your own identity and asserting a certain degree of independence. The teen years are a time when many begin to test their boundaries and challenge authority. Such individuals are often called rebellious teenagers.Rebellious teenager vs. defiant teenager
One of the more important distinctions for a rebellious teenager is when he or she crosses the line and becomes defiant. Rebelliousness includes some of the following signs:
Many of these rebellious teenager behaviors are normal. In some cases, teenagers may wear clothes or listen to music that you do not necessarily approve of. However, in general, a rebellious teenager still remains a part of the family and attempts to move forward with life. These signs of normal teen rebellion point to the development of one’s own ideas and thoughts, as well as identity.
A rebellious teenager crosses the line into defiance when he or she begins to display contempt. A defiant teenager constantly argues with authority, and makes it clear that the authority is unworthy of his or her time. These rebellious teenagers boldly resist authority and show blatant disrespect for adults. In some cases, rebellious teenagers can become violent as part of their defiance. In fact, teens who continually show contempt for authority and actively resist all attempts at moderating behavior, can be diagnosed with Oppositional Defiance Disorder (ODD).
Dealing with a rebellious teenager
While dealing with ODD may require professional intervention, it is possible for you to help your teen through the rebellious teenager years. Here are some ideas that can help your teen - and you - get through a rough patch:
Many parents also find that creating behavior contracts with their rebellious teenagers works well. Your teen can help set standards and rules of behavior, and help you decide on reasonable rewards and punishments related to this behavior. When teens are more involved in such decisions, they are often less inclined to rebel.