This book responds to the urgent need for practical intervention approaches targeting young people at risk. It provides a much needed practical resource for practitioners and students from a variety of helping professions.

Focusing on interventions that practitioners can use in collaboration with the young person, the book offers hands-on strategies for enhancing resilience and addressing challenges and issues typically faced by young people. Topics covered include:

  • Depression, suicide, and self-harm
  • Substance Abuse
  • Problematic Sexual Behavior
  • Marginalized Youth
  • Mental Health Issue
  • Peer Mentoring and Building on Strengths
  • Cults and Gangs
  • Bullying
  • Firelighting

Throughout the book, multi-disciplinary and international authors share their expertise, highlighting relevant evidence-based interventions and considering themes such as anti-oppressive practice, culture, values and ethics.

This book is ideal for students and practitioners working with young people, especially in the fields of youth work, social work, psychology, counseling, and education.

Sexual Health-Related Interventions

Sexual health-related interventions

Young people, in the flower of their youth, beauty and energy, are very much sexual beings. They are likely to be physically, although not necessarily emotionally, ready for sex. In the cognitive domain, recent brain research suggests that their decision making capacities are often still ‘a work in progress’ and, in situations of high arousal, those capacities are likely to be even less reliable. Additionally, sexual behaviour among teenagers may well occur in contexts that are risky, ill-advised or downright dangerous – for example, when under the influence of drugs or alcohol, in situations of strong peer or partner pressure and among groups where there are high rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

Avoidable negative outcomes of young people's sexual activity ...

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