If you are looking for help for a troubled young girl in your life, it’s not unusual for you to be experiencing a number of strong emotions and thoughts — desperation, anger, hopelessness, guilt or even failure. If you’re like most parents of a troubled teen, you long for a pleasant day, for a family meal without conflict, for a night without worrying.

Parents also feel responsible for their children’s well-being and behavior. However, except in the most extreme cases, parents can’t be held directly responsible for the behavior of their children. Many factors influence the choices a child makes: genetics and other biological factors, temperament, friends, attitudes about school, early experiences, personal beliefs and ways of processing information and more.

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