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Biological, psychological and social factors are considered in this volume in its exploration of adolescent substance abuse, with adolescents presented as a clearly defined group with unique needs and concerns. The author examines issues such as assessment, treatment planning, service provision and the recovery process, and proposes creative treatment approaches. Integrating the complex elements which impact upon the initiation, maintenance and treatment of young substance abusers, the author uses his biopsychosocial model to examine normative issues for adolescents and how impairment in these areas can cause - or be the result of - substance abuse. Consideration is also given to particularly vulnerable young people, such a

Adolescent Psychological Development and Substance Abuse
Adolescent psychological development and substance abuse

Adolescence is a period of psychological development unique from other developmental phases. Adolescent psychological development spans the period of time from puberty—often generalized as beginning around age 12—to incorporation of an adult identity, which occurs somewhere between the late teens into the 20s. This period of psychological life, in essence a recapitulation of the first 5 years of development, abounds with a rate of internal change not experienced since one's early childhood and not to be experienced in adulthood.

The nature of the adolescent years is change. The crux of the psychological changes—the reorganizing of personality structure replete with new and intense affective states, a reordering of how one experiences internal representations of parents and ...

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