This practical book helps readers provide effective mental, emotional, and behavioral health services to clients across the continuum of care, from health promotion through long-term treatment and remediation. Anchoring each chapter within a life stage—from childhood through older adulthood—the text identifies the nature and origin of various psychological issues and emphasizes the importance of anticipating and responding early to concerns that arise for large portions of the population. The Second Edition features new chapters and expanded coverage of important topics, such as sociocultural contextual factors and interprofessional health perspectives.


The period of adolescence is often associated with words such as independence, risk-taking, and conflict. The adolescent stage of development is oriented around activities that help the individual transition from childhood to adulthood, which Erikson (1963) framed as establishing identity versus confusion. This important task requires that the adolescent explore numerous facets that shape their own identity and, frequently, form a unique identity separate from family. This exploration can often take the form of behaviors that seem risky and even dangerous, and this brings with it many opportunities for intervention related to both health promotion and behavioral concerns.

Dawn Wilson, Lauren Huffman, and Rebekah Siceloff focus on strategies geared toward increasing positive health behaviors and minimizing risky behavior in Chapter 7. They describe individual, ...

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