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Adolescent Counseling

  • By: Naomi Nichele Duke
  • In: Encyclopedia of Family Health
  • Edited by: Martha Craft-Rosenberg & Shelley-Rae Pehler
  • Subject:Family Health, Family Policy, Family Law

Adolescent well-being is integral to the health of family. Family describes a social and support network that is responsible for orienting youth to a sense of self, meaning, and value, nurturing strengths and offering unconditional love and providing guidance on moral and culturally appropriate behavior. In this respect, the family presents a context of care for the adolescent and the adolescent's health reflects and directly impacts family interaction and function.

Effective counseling for adolescents includes a careful process of assessment and evaluation, a model for open lines of communication, and the provision for referral in cases where individuals or families need specialized treatment and therapy. Most of the causes of poor health during adolescence are due to behavior-related problems that have great potential for being improved ...

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