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March 22, 2017

What is the Adolescent in Crisis?

  • First assess whether it is a serious crisis

  • Most adolescents go through periods of experimentation and risk taking but when the dangerous behaviour becomes frequent or life threatening then it is a problem

  • Possible causes of adolescent crisis:

    • stage of development where they do not perceive themselves to be at risk:  personal fable (I’m unique; I can handle anything; that won’t happen to me; I can never be hurt; false sense of power)

    • drugs

    • alcohol

    • risky sexual behaviour

    • stress at school eg negative peer group and social pressure

    • stress at home eg family conflict and discord, parental separation or divorce, parental alcoholism, drug abuse or untreated mental disorder

    • parental failure to provide rules, discipline and bonded relationships

    • a traumatic experience

    • unresolved childhood trauma that is not dealt with often resurfaces during adolescence and the maladaptive behav...

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