Dylan's father struggles with work and alcoholism. he takes out his frustrations and feelings of failure on Dylan, both physically and emotionally abusing him. Dylan feels like a failure and doesn't understand it's not his fault. (1)
How many times do I have to teach you some respect?
Dylan turns his feelings of helplessness into aggression and sometimes violence whenever he's at school, and takes it out on other kids. Dylan has few to no friends, and is always in trouble. He feels like nobody cares and he is all alone. (2)
(2) (Dodge, Bates and Pettit 1990)
How many times do I have to teach you some respect Tommy? You're so pathetic.
I don't want to go to school today. Nobody wants me there anyway
(3) (Kurtz et al. 1993)
Dylan feels socially isolated, and doesn't want to go to school. He spends a lot of time skipping school and on the streets, doing anything to be away from people judging him at school or away from his abusive father. (3)
Dylan meets new "friends" to hang out with. He tries desperately to fit in and will do nearly anything to feel like someone cares. As such he is easily influenced into doing whatever his new friends want. (4)
(4) (Salzinger et al. 1993)
Dylan spends most of his time with his friends, He ends up taking part in petty crimes, and becomes more susceptible to gang violence, drug abuse, sexual assault, and other dangerous and illegal behaviour. (5)
(5) (Bender 2010)
Hey D, keep watch while we check out these cars, see if there's anything valuable in 'em, yeah?
(6) (Lansford et al. 2002)
As Dylan gets older, his abusive upbringing and poor peer group choices result in him developing multiple social and mental health disorders. He is in and out of prison and can't find stable work, and ends up with drug addiction in order to escape reality. He always feels unloved and alone, is self destructive, and is more likely to commit suicide or self harm (6)