Young people can sometimes be confused by teenage psychologists, experts say.
“They might be like ‘I’m the best’, ‘I can’t get enough of that’, ‘it’s all right to go home’,” said Dr Michael O’Neill, a psychologist at Newcastle University.
“But it’s very important to remember that they’re all very different and we should be very cautious about labeling them.”
Dr O’Neil said teenagers needed to understand that there are many different ways of doing things and that psychologists were different in different circumstances.
“There are certain ways of thinking, certain ways to act and certain ways you can do things,” he said.
“If you don’t know them, it’s a lot easier to say ‘I don’t understand what they’re talking about’.”
He said that if a teenager had any experience of working with teenagers, they would probably recognise the different ways in which young people might approach and interpret the information they were getting from a psychologist.
“We’ve got to be aware that they might not be getting everything they should be getting, and it’s important that they understand the differences,” he added.
The new guidelines are not expected to be in place for a few months, so parents are still asked to check their children’s school schedules and make sure their child is attending school on the day they are due.
The guidelines are based on data from the latest figures from the National Child and Adolescent Survey.
They were compiled by the UK Government and were released last week.
Dr O ‘Neill said the guidelines are a starting point for discussion about the types of guidance that young people should receive.
“It’s important to get to know the difference between teenagers and their parents, so that we can be more effective in giving them a positive education, and that they can be better able to manage their emotions,” he explained.
“So, we need to be more aware of the fact that some of the things that teenagers are doing are not very helpful or effective.”