9 social issues teenagers are struggling with in 2022



Only a few decades ago, the most common problems teens faced were finding a career path and starting a family.

In fact, the word teenager” wasn’t even a thing until the 1920s. Today, however, teens are facing problems unique to our time.

Here are the 9 most common problems teens face in 2022.

1. Acceptance

Even the most self-assured person struggles with acceptance from time to time. However, teens have it especially hard, due to their lack of maturity and perspective. The best thing we can do is offer parental acceptance.

A recent study published in the journal Plus One showed that there was a significant link “between children’s psychological maladjustment and perceived paternal and maternal rejection.” Help your teen feel accepted by assuring them of your unwavering love and guidance—no matter what.

2. Stress

The pressures teens face from school, parents and peers, can create ongoing patterns of stress. Being stuck at home and away from regular life adds to that feeling. It’s imperative that we help them deal with life’s stresses in a few intentional ways:

  • Help them establish healthy boundaries.
  • Teach them how to prioritize to simplify their life.
  • Create a safe atmosphere at home.
  • Let them talk about their feelings openly.

3. Depression and anxiety

Perhaps, more than ever before, teens are battling depression and anxiety. Some studies show depression is linked with social media. Regardless of the source, it’s crucial for parents to watch for the dangerous warning signs of depression and anxiety. Find a trustworthy doctor and consider therapy if your teen shows signs of ongoing or worsening symptoms.

4. Self harm

Unfortunately, youth today are faced with more temptations than we ever dreamed possible. Not only are they enticed by substances such as drugs and alcohol, often they’re tempted to self-harm. Even though it may be easier to ignore, we simply must be proactive.

5. Bullying

Even with the anti-bullying programs today, the issue still remains in 2022. Teens everywhere are facing torment from their peers on a daily basis. It’s important for parents to work closely with schools, clubs, and workplaces to ensure they have anti-bullying policies in place. Truly, we can take a stand against bullying. (Our kids will thank us for it!)

6. Desensitization

Sex, drugs, and violence have been part of the teen culture for many decades. However, it seems like kids are becoming dangerously desensitized. It’s important to understand why kids do drugs, and look at ways to stop the desensitization toward violence and sex.

7. Disrespect

There seems to be a lot of confusion when it comes to respecting authority these days. Teens are seeing their favorite movie stars and sports figures controversially displaying anti-authority messages. Standing up for things you believe in and teaching respect are both very important. Parents have the primary responsibility in not only portraying respect but also requiring it from their kids.

8. Trust

Teens today struggle with trust issues. Many of them don’t feel like they can turn to their parents for advice. This leaves teens extremely vulnerable. We can help them by encouraging them to talk to other adults that we trust. Point them in the direction of a counselor, coach, or respectable friend. They need trustworthy mentors to guide them through their problems in 2022.

9. Motivation

It used to be that teens couldn’t wait to find a job, get a car, and build a life of their own. Today, however, teens seem to struggle with motivation and the confidence to move forward. It could be due to the fact that teens have become more reclusive in their virtual worlds. Or, it may be that parents aren’t as proactive in encouraging independence. Whatever the cause, we can motivate our teens and help them make important decisions regarding their future.

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