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This article discusses issues and interventions for working with adolescents who live in stepfamilies. A developmental perspective, using psychoeducation and brief strategic intervention approaches, is proposed for working with stepfamilies. Six major issues for adolescents in stepfamilies are...
The father-adolescent son relationship is often, at best, tense and conflictual, yet, their meaning to each is significant. PARD, a relationship enhancement therapy program, was created as a way to improve this important relationship. Fathers and their adolescent sons are brought together in...
Therapy with adolescents challenges even the most skilled clinicians. Teenagers are difficult to engage in treatment, and the systems in which they are involved (schools, juvenile justice) frequently do not understand or support therapy’s goals. Adolescents with behavior and drug problems live...
This article looks at the mental health problems encountered in adolescent’s from immigrant Arab families. An argument is given against hasty generalizations, and for proper regard to be given to the sociocultural background of the family, the importance of the family in Arabic culture, and to...
Successful treatment of chemically dependent adolescents presents a unique set of challenges and requires a multi-pronged approach. This article focuses on assessment, treatment, and management of this most difficult population. Specifically, a theoretical model for assessment and treatment of...
Family Therapy (FT) has gained increasing recognition as a treatment of choice when working with children and adolescents. We have tailored a family therapy model to specifically treat depressed adolescents (FTDA). The model is being developed and evaluated at the Philadelphia Child Guidance...
Adolescence is not an easy time for many Americans. Numerous studies have documented the turmoil that far too many young citizens experience and the definite need for a targeted response. Accordingly, this has become of considerable public policy interest for our nation’s political leaders. If...
Psychotherapy with adolescents is difficult for at least two reasons: 1) adolescents frequently do not trust adults; and 2) adolescents are often poorly motivated for treatment. Consequently there may be significant problems eliciting the cooperation needed to implement successfully various...
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