Archives for Teens
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.
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).
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.
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.