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.

Addressing Eating Problems

Addressing Eating Problems

Addressing eating problems
Renee RieneckeHoste and Danielle Grange


Eating disorders are serious psychiatric illnesses that usually begin in young people and are associated with serious medical complications, high rates of psychiatric comorbidity and psychosocial impairment. Both anorexia nervosa (AN) and bulimia nervosa (BN) can lead to electrolyte imbalances, cardiac abnormalities, gastrointestinal complications, cognitive impairment, fertility problems and death, with AN having the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric disorder (Powers and Bannon, 2004). Individuals with eating disorders also have elevated rates of mood disorders, anxiety disorders and substance abuse disorders compared with the general population (Lilenfeld, 2004).

The lifetime prevalence rates of AN and BN are 0.5 to 1 per cent and 3 per cent, respectively (Hoek and van Hoeken, 2003), although subthreshold levels of ...

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