Anger is a natural emotion that helps us deal with challenges and threats in our lives. It can be a useful emotion in us to protect our well-being from possible harm. How we respond to our anger is the most important factor and element in relation to anger management. Burying anger or keeping it inside can lead us to feel low, and frustrated with ourselves and others, in other words “depressed”. It can even lead us to self harm. Equally, taking anger out on other people can cause great harm and then everyone gets affected. The best thing to do with anger is to try to understand and respect it.
The most important thing to understand about anger is that there is a difference between feeling anger and expressing anger. Youths who have a problem with anger usually do not express it in appropriate and constructive ways. They go from 0 to 10 in less than a minute with no control. I will help them use the following:
- Plan a strategy to employ those healthy responses and try that strategy.
- Recognise and acknowledge when the young person is feeling angry.
- Establish how your current responses are working out for you.
- Develop healthier responses to anger and alternatives to toxic responses.
Youth and Gangs
The most common age for a youth to join a gang is between 11 and 16, making early prevention efforts critical.
- Young people join gangs for various reasons, including money, sense of support and belonging, peer status, perceived sense of protection, or to demonstrate an outlaw mentality.
- Youth in gangs are more likely to abuse drugs, engage in high-risk sexual behaviours, and experience long-term health and social consequences.
- Early prevention efforts, particularly with families of young children, show promising results.
- Gang-joining prevention efforts should be informed by what is known about risk and protective factors for children of particular ages. There are protective factors, such as academic success, positive connections, and effective parenting, that can help youths who are growing up in high-risk communities.