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Study Pinpoints High-Risk Times for School Violence

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What else can parents do?

Here are some tips from Rubin and Kuranz:

  • Get a complete physical for a child that is showing signs of depression or other problems -- to rule out any physical cause.
  • Listen to and talk with your children, and be available. "Even teens who push their parents away want to know that their parents are there for them," says Rubin.
  • Teach your child coping skills. "We have to help kids learn how to deal better with life stresses," says Rubin.
  • If you sense a problem with your child, don't be afraid to get help. "There is a stigma associated in our society with mental illness; but it's better to get help for your child than to have something happen to your child," says Rubin.
  • Call the school counselor to discuss any concerns.
  • Look for changes in normal behavior and patterns, like changes in eating, sleeping, and 'hanging out' habits.
  • Ask your child questions. "Parents have to keep pushing, practicing, and using different strategy to get information from the kids. Look for opportune times," says Kuranz. He says his own teenage children are more likely to open up while in the car with him.

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