One of the reasons is because they come from broken homes whereby their parents are divorced. They do not get enough love and care from their parents. As a result, they will go and find love and care elsewhere.
Some parents have the habit of quarrelling in front of their children. The home becomes a battle ground and a place with no peace. The children feel ashamed of their parents and cannot stand this kind of environment. In the end they find their own way of escape by running away from home. They tend to spend their time with their friends than staying at home. That is the beginning of the problem. If they mix with the wrong group of friends, they will get involve with all kinds of wrong activities.
Some parents are too strict with their children. They always nag, scold and lecture their children. They also put too much pressure on their children especially in their studies. Actually they should encourage and guide them more instead of putting unrealistic goals on their lives. Most teenagers do not like to be restricted and treated like children. They want to have their own freedom. They like to be creative and explore things for themselves.
To overcome the problem, parents should learn how to care and love their children. They need to be sensitive not to do certain things in front of the children. For example, if they have conflicts among themselves, they need to settle it on their own first instead of arguing or quarrelling in front of their children.
Books, seminars and courses can be organized by government or private sectors to educate parents in bringing up their family. Teenagers, likewise are educated in schools through religious knowledge...