When a female is 12 – 18 years of age, she is considered to be an adolescent. This is a critical stage in development that includes many transitional changes leading to maturity. This transition can be overwhelming and challenging for many, and can lead to negative or defiant behavior, which can result in being referred to as a ‘troubled adolescent.’
This phase is often marked by intense peer pressure, which is more influential during the adolescent phase, than in other stages of life. Peer pressure is a factor in many aspects of a teen girls’ life including personal image. They may engage in behaviors that are destructive in order to enhance their social status. Treatment options that offer restoration, such as residential treatment centers, may be considered when this destructive behavior is persistent.