Professionals may find that the strategies they use to provide information and offer services to adults just don’t work as well with adolescents.Young people need adults who will listen to them—understand and appreciate their perspective—and then coach or motivate them to use information or services offered in the interest of their own health (Hamburg, 1997).At the same time, however, the survey found that 89% of the respondents believed that “almost all teenagers can get back on track” with the right kind of guidance and attention.In fact, most adults agree about the kinds of things that are important for adults to do with young people—encourage success in school, set boundaries, teach shared values, teach respect for cultural differences, guide decision making, give financial guidance, and so on (Scales, Benson, & Roehlkepartain, 2001).Most adolescents in fact succeed in school, are attached to their families and their communities, and emerge from their teen years without experiencing serious problems such as substance abuse or involvement with violence.With all of the attention given to negative images of adolescents, however, the positive aspects of adolescents can be overlooked.
This new relationship with God that takes place in your spirit is like a river. Sometimes you might not feel it as much or at all but that doesn’t change the fact that He’s still there.
Directing the courage and creativity of normal adolescents into healthy pursuits is part of what successfully counseling, teaching, or mentoring an adolescent is all about.
Much has been written, both in the lay press and the scientific literature, about adolescents’ mental health problems—such as depression, suicide, and drug abuse—and about the serious problems that some adolescents experience.
The BPS works to raise awareness of the many ways in which psychology has a positive impact on the world.
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