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Part III: Developing Satisfactory Peer Relationships


Part III: Developing Satisfactory Peer Relationships
According to Research:

Adolescents who do not develop positive peer relationship are at a greater risk for developing problems such as delinquency, substance abuse, and depression (Simmons, R., Conger, R., and Wu, C., 1992)
Teens that have friends also have increased self-esteem, emotional support, and guidance
69% of girls in parent-adolescent surveys commented that they “very much” wanted help learning how to make friends (Stromme & Stromme, 1993)

The following tips can be used to help teens develop satisfying friendships.  If you are a parent, consider the following discussion points with your daughter to help her learn how to make more satisfying relationships.  If you are a teen, consider the following discussion points as a means to evaluate your current friendships.
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What a Girl Needs – Helping Teens Establish a Positive Self-Image


Part II:  Establishing a Positive Self-Image
According to Research:

Self-esteem assessed for girls between the ages of 8-9 reveal that 60% of girls report positive feelings, compared to 67% of boys (LeCroy & Daley, 2001)
Teens between the ages of  16-17 indicated that only 29% of girls felt positive feelings about themselves compared to 46% of boys (Roshar & Rierdan, 1994)

The following tips can be used to help teens develop a positive self-image or to think favorably about the unique traits that make them who they are.  If you are a parent, consider the following discussion points with your daughter to help her increase her self-image.
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What a Girl Needs – Helping Teens Establish a Healthy Body Image


Part I:  Establishing an Acceptable Body Image
According to Research:

80% of high school girls reported that they were above the weight of which they would be happiest (Fisher et al., 1991)
Early adolescent girls are already aware of the concept of dieting
78% of teenage women (13-19 years old) are dissatisfied with their weight (Eisele et al, 1986)
A negative body image is positively correlated with low self-esteem and depression

The following tips can be used to help teens develop an acceptable body image.  Or, if you’re a teen, consider the following discussion points to gain a better understanding of whether you have a healthy body image.
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What a Girl Needs – Helping Female Teens Cope with Today’s Pressures

Adolescence can be a particularly awkward stage for anyone.  But today’s adolescents face new pressures as a result of advances in technology and easier access to the media.  With a decrease in protective factors including a demise in family and community relationships and an increase in risk factors including the media barrage, advent of cyber bulling, and easy access to cigarettes, drugs, and weapons, contemporary society is becoming an increasingly more dangerous place for adolescents (LeCroy & Daley, 2001).

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Talking With Teens About Drugs & Alcohol

Today is the last installment of my three part blog series in which I have been discussing trends in drug and alcohol use, prevalent among the teen population.  Today I will provide advice for discussing these serious issues with teens.

Talking with teens about drugs and alcohol is extremely important but it can also be a very difficult conversation to broach.  Just thinking about having a conversation with a teen about drugs and alcohol can be stressful, so below I have listed some advice to help ease the tension.
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Synthetic Marijuana- It Isn’t the ‘Spice’ of Life

Unfortunately some teens do experiment with drugs and alcohol during their adolescence.  Instead of denying the fact that teens experiment with drugs and alcohol, it is important to become educated in regards to these current trends.

Today is the second installment of my three part blog series in which I discuss trends in drug and alcohol use, prevalent among the teen population.  I will also provide advice for discussing these serious issues with teens.

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Trends in Teen Drug Use- Is Four Loko Just for the Crazy?

Unfortunately some teens do experiment with drugs and alcohol during their adolescence.  Instead of denying the fact that teens experiment with drugs and alcohol, it is important to become educated in regards to these current trends.

Today we begin a three part blog series in which I will discuss trends in drug and alcohol, use prevalent among the teen population.  I will also provide advice and discussion points to use when discussing these serious issues with teens.

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Middle School or the TV Show Survivor- Which is More Cutthroat?

According to Erik Erikson’s theory of psychosocial development, adolescence is a time in which teens are faced with identity issues and are constantly trying to figure out who they are.  During their teen years, adolescents begin to rely more heavily on their peers for acceptance.

Not only do peer groups provide teens with a sense of belonging, but peer groups also help answer questions relating to teens’ developing identities.  Due to the significant influence that friends have in each other’s lives, it is quite understandable how rifts between friends can be so catastrophic!

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Psychology of Teenagers 101


Welcome to the Psychology of Teenagers!

When I meet people for the first time and I'm asked what I do for a living, I typically reply, “I am an adolescent counselor” to which people all too frequently respond, “Are you nuts?!”

I wouldn’t describe myself as nuts (not just yet) and I find my work very rewarding, but working with teenagers tests your patience!

Teens often give off the impression that they are stressed, unsure of themselves, and frustrated.  But considering that they are dealing with drastically changing bodies in an increasingly technological society, it is understandable why adolescence is so awkward.

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