Signs and Causes Of Sexual Deviance In Youth

A certain amount of curiosity and interest in sex is to be expected from teenagers. With all the hormones coursing through their bodies and their brains still developing, it is not surprising that some troubled teens go astray and fall into deviant sexual activity, no matter what your family rules dictate.

What Drives Teens To Become Sexually Active

While research has shown that the rates of teens engaging in adult activities like sex, alcohol consumption, and other things have seen a marked decrease, there are still many teens who engage in sexual activity. What many parents struggle to understand is why.

There are a variety of common reasons for your teen's sexual activity.

  • Sexual curiosity - The hormones surging through your teen’s body plays a part in greatly heightening your teen’s natural curiosity and interest in sex. Parents who prefer to keep their teens in the dark about sex often find their teens go out to satisfy that curiosity firsthand, but without the tools to keep themselves safe. This fact, in part, is why it is so important for parents to take the lead in teaching sex ed to their children.
  • Pressure from partner - Teens with a boyfriend or girlfriend may undergo a good deal of pressure to have sex or be physically intimate in other ways. Their desire to be accepted can lead many young couples to engage in sexual activity before they are ready.
  • Peer pressure - Both teenage boys and girls can experience pressure to engage in sexual activity from their peers. This pressure can be fueled by a desire to seem older and more experienced. Or even a more simple need to keep up with the rest of the kids at school.
  • Defiance of rules - In an act of defiance, some teens choose to engage in sexual activity. Parents highly restrictive rules, such as no dating until 18 or who insist on monitoring their teens at all times often find their teens sneak around their rules in an attempt to exert their growing need for independence.

In some more extreme cases, sexual deviance may be triggered in teens due to sexual abuse, whether by a partner or when they were children. In these cases, it is vital that the teen receives therapeutic intervention to help them overcome the trauma. But first, you have to identify whether or not your teen is sexually active before you know how to intervene.

Signs That Your Teen Has Become Sexually Active

If you are concerned that your teen has begun engaging in risky sexual activity, there are signs you can look out for as you watch your teen. Should your teen display several of these signs, you can be fairly certain that they are sexually active.

  • Tracks your activities - Teens who are sneaking around engaging in sex will often want to know your schedule better than you know it. That way, they don’t run the risk of you catching them in the act.
  • Increased secretiveness - Around the teenage years, it is natural for teens to be less open with their parents and a little more withdrawn. However, if your teen shows a marked increase in secretiveness, such as guarding their devices and hiding their bag, you should be concerned.
  • Appearance alteration - Finding their style is a common pursuit among teens. However, teens engaging in sexual activity may become more appearance driven, buying more provocative clothes and spending hours on exercise as well as strict dieting.
  • Rapid mood swings - The rush of dopamine released by sexual activity can have a profound effect on the mood of teenagers. Teens engaging in illicit sexual activity are often subject to rapid mood swings, experiencing elation and deep depression as well as irritability in turns.
  • Plummeting grades - Teens often allow their other interests and responsibilities like their schoolwork to fall by the wayside while pursuing sexual activity. If your teen normally has been able to maintain good grades, but they have recently slipped, this can be a sign your teen’s attention is elsewhere.
  • Obtaining birth control - A pretty clear sign of sexual activity is if you find birth control such as contraception pills, condoms, or other forms of birth control in your teen’s possession.

Often, when parents learn that their teens are sexually active, they try to set stronger rules, have conversations about the responsibility of sex, and reinforce beliefs which may censure sex outside of marriage. However, this may not be enough to stop a sexually deviant youth.

How Residential Treatment Centers Help Sexually Deviant Teens

After you have tried all you could, from grounding to interventions with school counselors and therapists and your teen is still engaging in sexual activity, you may want to consider sending your troubled teen to a residential treatment center.

Some of the key ways a residential treatment center helps sexually active teens change are by:

  • Building teens’ self-esteem - Many overly sexual teens struggle with feelings of worthlessness, which leads them to fill the void with sexual attention. At a residential treatment center, teens learn new skills, build confidence through new challenges, and opportunities to provide service to others.
  • Having teens work with therapists - Sexually deviant teens don’t just happen. To reach the root of their issues and help them change, certified mental health professionals work with teens at a residential treatment center.
  • Teaching teens new coping skills - Some teens use sex as a coping method to help them from feeling lonely, unappreciated, and other negative emotions. When in residential treatment, teens learn new ways to cope with the feelings which used to drive them to engage in sex.
  • Helping teens repair academics - As the teens recover from their sexual deviance, a residential treatment center helps the teens' course correct in other aspects of their lives, such as their academics. With the help of state-licensed teachers, teens can enjoy academic recovery.

Liahona Treatment Center is here to help your troubled teen boy back onto the right path. With the help of our expert therapists, teachers, and staff, we work with teenage boys and assist them in rooting out the source of their problems while repairing negative coping methods. To see if our program is right for your teenage troubled son, contact us today.

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