Common Issues with Middle/Secondary School Children

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Instructor: Jade Mazarin

Jade is a board certified Christian counselor with an MA in Marriage and Family Therapy, and a certification in Natural Health. She is also a freelance writer on emotional health and spirituality.

You may have had a tough time during your middle or high school years; during that time, it's common for teens to go through various emotional challenges. Here, we will look into several issues that are commonly faced during this time.

Counseling in Middle & High School

When I look back on my school years, I remember middle school as being one of the hardest times emotionally. My parents had just gotten a divorce and my two best friends stopped being friends with me, leaving me feeling that I wasn't good enough. In hindsight, I wished I had talked with my school counselor about what I was going through. That is, after all, why she was there - to offer a listening ear and help me deal with challenging events.

There were students who talked frequently with our counselor. They received compassion, support and direction from her and enjoyed keeping her updated on events in their lives.

Middle and high school years are often tumultuous times for people. Problems like family situations, friend difficulties, academic trouble, and challenging dating scenarios are commonplace for teens. It is important for school counselors to have an idea of what teens typically go through.

Typical Issues

While there are countless types of problems that can arise during this time of life, here we have a list of some of the most common issues that teens deal with:

Problems with Peers

16-year-old Penny is often upset with her friend Sasha. Sometimes Sasha is rude to her; sometimes she seems to be flirting with Penny's boyfriend. Penny complains to her other friends frequently about what Sasha is doing. One of her friends tells Sasha everything she hears, which only causes Sasha to act more rudely towards Penny.

As many of us know, problems between peers are common in middle and high school. Like so many adolescents dealing with peer issues, Penny would benefit from having an outside figure to discuss situations with, help her seek positive treatment, and show her how to be kind to others when needed.

Issues with Authority

Seventh grader Ian tends to misbehave frequently in class. When his teachers try to punish him, they send him to the principal, but that doesn't seem to have much of an impact on him. Ian also does not listen to his parents when it is not convenient for him. He doesn't like being told what to do and believes that he should be in charge of his own life.

Ian's issues with authority are a hindrance to his growth as a person and his positive relationships with others. A counselor could get to know Ian, look into why he might distrust authority, and provide a positive relationship with an authority figure.

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