When a child experiences family instability, that child will likely develop problem behavior patterns such as bullying, lying, or stealing. Problem behavior refers to bad habits adopted by a child, which hinder the individual from engaging in positive social relations or effective communication (Cavanagh & Huston, 2006). If the problem remains unresolved, it could harm the child or the person’s social surrounding because of the suppressed anger and not knowing how to vent. Consequently, children who develop problem behavior patterns should receive professional help from therapists or counselors and surround themselves with stable families.
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