The "Troubled" Adolescent : Challenges and Resilience within Family and Multicultural Contexts

Jennifer L. Lovell, Joseph L. White

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The "Troubled" Adolescent: Challenges and Resilience Within Family and Multicultural Contexts  is written for students and clinicians who want to learn about adolescent behavioral health and psychosocial development. It focuses on the experiences of culturally diverse adolescents and families including, but not limited to, diversity based on race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, spirituality, ability/disability status, age, nationality, language, and socioeconomic status. Written from a bioecological and strength-based perspective, it views adolescents as having the power to initiate growth and recover from setbacks.

The book is clinically focused and intended to build readers’ multicultural competence when working with youth and families. Six chapters focus on challenges and treatment for specific concerns, such as trauma- and stressor-related disorders, depression and anxiety, suicidal and nonsuicidal self-injury, eating disturbances, substance use disorders, and disruptive behaviors. The book balances theory and application, and provides information about screening, diagnosis (based on the  Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders , Fifth Edition, DSM-5), prevention, and treatment. Chapters contain case vignettes, self-reflective questions, discussion questions, suggestions for working with adolescents, and key terms. Special attention is given to family and cultural expressions and explanations for symptoms. Interactive learning opportunities are included as QR codes to meet diverse learning needs and to help readers apply information.
Original languageAmerican English
StatePublished - 2018


  • Psychiatric and Mental Health
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology

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