Teens Who Hurt: Clinical Interventions to Break the Cycle of Adolescent Violence

Teens Who Hurt: Clinical Interventions to Break the Cycle of Adolescent Violence

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by Kenneth V. Hardy, Tracey A. Laszloffy
     
 

Rather than merely listing case studies or focusing on such environmental factors as video games or access to guns, Hardy (family therapy, Syracuse U.) and practitioner Laszloffy examine the complex elements working on adolescents who harm themselves or others, including devaluation, erosion of community, dehumanized loss and rage. They build a sociocultural model for… See more details below

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Rather than merely listing case studies or focusing on such environmental factors as video games or access to guns, Hardy (family therapy, Syracuse U.) and practitioner Laszloffy examine the complex elements working on adolescents who harm themselves or others, including devaluation, erosion of community, dehumanized loss and rage. They build a sociocultural model for adolescent violence and then describe methods for tracing the effects of familial and societal forces that damage young people and put them at risk for violent behaviors, and propose practical strategies for countering the forces and bringing the youth back into contact with what matters most in young lives. Annotation ©2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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"This book is a masterpiece! Hardy and Laszloffy present a timely, innovative treatment approach for violent youth and their families. Drawing from their wealth of clinical experience, the authors comprehensively review the individual and environmental factors that fuel violent behavior and offer practical treatment guidelines and interventions. Their high level of respect and compassion for at-risk youth is evident throughout the book. The pearls of wisdom offered here are far-reaching, and can serve as a blueprint for private practitioners, school counselors, and others working with adolescents in schools and the community."--Matthew D. Selekman, MSW, Partners for Collaborative Solutions, Evanston, Illinois

"Hardy and Laszloffy go beyond narrowly psychological explanations of youth violence to encompass the critical role played by the broader social environment. With sensitivity, compassion, and intelligence, they detail the many ways in which social toxins in an adolescent's environment poison well-being and stimulate violence. Their approach to intervention is well grounded in their conceptual analysis and should be required reading for any professional working with violent kids."--James Garbarino, PhD, Department of Human Development, Cornell University

"This book represents a giant step forward in the understanding of the psychological, familial, and sociocultural factors that contribute to adolescent violence. The authors present a crystal-clear model that explains why some adolescents become violent, and delineate specific, practical suggestions for reducing and preventing violence. This book is essential reading for all professionals who work with adolescents and would be an appropriate supplemental text for graduate-level courses in adolescent therapy."--Joseph A. Micucci, PhD, Department of Psychology, Chestnut Hill College

Journal of Marital and Family Therapy

"Hardy and Laszloffy have written an excellent book, clear and full of substance as one would expect from such well-respected authors....The first part of the book presents a model that describes the interplay of four critical factors that the authors believe increase the likelihood of a teen's becoming violent....The second part of the book presents the 'skills and strategies' that the authors have found useful, starting with general principles that we all recognize as necessary when working with adolescents, yet are also difficult to maintain, especially when rage is in the room....Poignant case examples are woven throughout the book....Teens Who Hurt is a substantial work that I highly recommend."--Journal of Marital and Family Therapy

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781572307490
Publisher:
Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
03/17/2005
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
10 - 18 Years

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