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Carolyn A. Licht

In: 21st Century Psychology: A Reference Handbook

Chapter 88: Family Therapy and Therapy with Children

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Family Therapy and Therapy with Children
Family therapy and therapy with children

As the 21st century unfolds, substantial percentages of young people experience significant developmental, emotional, and behavioral problems; engage in multiple high-risk behaviors; and lack the environmental support and resources fundamental for optimal health and well-being. Despite the general prosperity of the last half of the 20th century, the percentage of children living in poverty has almost doubled, rising from 15 to 28 percent (Bianchi & Caspar, 2000), with 1 in 10 of these children likely experiencing homelessness. The increasing economic and societal pressures and uncertainties about the future place children and their families at greater risk for the development of mental health problems. Between 17 and 22 percent, or 14 million of our nation's ...

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