Counseling Across the Lifespan expands the perimeters of counseling with its emphasis on preventive techniques for adjustment problems in the lifespan of a normal individual. This cogent work focuses on counseling intervention strategies from the unique perspective of an individual’s lifespan, placing techniques in the proper development context. By concentrating on life stages—from childhood through old age—the authors identify the nature and origin of various psychological issues such as self-identity and healthy lifestyle development in adolescents, family violence in young adults, or retirement transitions for older adults. The intervention tools needed to confront these issues are presented through succinct pedagogical features including case examples, checklists for evaluating clients, and exercises.

Fostering Positive Identity in Adolescents: Perspectives on Teens in the United States

Fostering Positive Identity in Adolescents: Perspectives on Teens in the United States

Fostering positive identity in adolescents: Perspectives on teens in the united states
Susana M.LoweJackquelineMascher

In her acceptance speech delivered during the nationally televised Teen Choice Awards, supermodel Tyra Banks told teens, “Don't ever give up” (Teen Choice Awards, 1999). She said, to paraphrase, “When I started modeling, people shut doors on me. They'd say you're too tall, too short, too Black, not Black enough, blah, blah, blah …;” The crowd roared, and her heartfelt message was clear—despite external barriers, persist and you shall succeed.

What does a supermodel have to do with counseling adolescents? In contemplating this chapter, we were interested in taking a perspective that acknowledges traditional theories on adolescent identity development but at the ...

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