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KEY FEATURES: This text uniquely includes an easy to follow discussion of the emerging brain science and how it connects to counseling children and adolescents. Expanded discussion of child and adolescent development addresses critical differences in age groups, a feature not found in most texts. An up-to-date presentation of counseling theory related to counseling youth, with emphasis on empirically supported approaches, offers basic knowledge students need for counseling preparation. Guided activities and case illustrations are linked to content in each chapter to aid with comprehension, application, and critical thinking. Counseling keystones at the end of each chapter summarize the critical content.

Counseling Emerging Adults (18–21): A Time of Uncertainty and Hope
Chapter 15 Counseling emerging adults (18–21): A time of uncertainty and hope
Laura Choate

What used to occur during the teenage years is now happening far later. Twenty-five is becoming the new fifteen. And it’s not just delaying our kids’ maturity, it’s changing who they become.

—Allen & Allen, (2009, p. 25)


The late teens and early 20s form a particularly important developmental period, as these years lay the foundation for continued growth throughout the lifespan. The life choices an individual makes during this time can be highly influential on the rest of his or her life (Zarrett & Eccles, 2006). In recent years, scholars have shown great interest in examining this developmental ...

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