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Youth at Risk: A Prevention Resource for Counselors, Teachers, and Parents, 6th Edition

David Capuzzi (Editor), Douglas R. Gross (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-119-02693-8
504 pages
November 2014
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In the latest edition of this best-selling text, David Capuzzi and Douglas Gross, along with 24 experts in the field provide a prevention–intervention paradigm to address contemporary issues facing today’s youth. Written from a systemic perspective, this book offers guidance in helping teens who are struggling with the complex challenges that can be brought on by peers, family members, and difficult social environments.      

Part 1 presents information on at-risk population identification, causal factors of problematic behaviors, and promotion of resiliency in youth. Part 2 examines the development of at-risk behaviors relating to dysfunctional family dynamics, low self-esteem, depression, mood disorders, and stress and trauma. Part 3 explores the behaviors most often identified as placing youth at risk, such as eating disorders, suicidal preoccupation, teen sexuality, gang membership, school violence, substance abuse, homelessness, school dropout, and bullying, as well as the unique strengths of and stressors faced by multiracial and LGBTQ youth. Case studies illustrate prevention ef­forts from individual, family, school, and community perspectives, and text sidebars create greater reader self-awareness and en­hance the understanding of the concepts, skills, and applications of the chapter material.

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Table of Contents

Preface v

Acknowledgments vii

Meet the Editors ix

Meet the Authors xi

Part 1 Introducing the Problem

Chapter 1 Defining Youth at Risk 3
Douglas R. Gross and David Capuzzi

Chapter 2 Prevention: An Overview 23
David Capuzzi and Douglas R. Gross

Chapter 3 Resilience: Individual, Family, School, and Community Perspectives 43
Rolla E. Lewis

Part 2 Examining the Problem

Chapter 4 The Impact of Dysfunctional Family Dynamics on Children and Adolescents 69
Cass Dykeman

Chapter 5 "Who Cares What I Think?": Problems of Low Self-Esteem 93
Sandra S. Meggert

Chapter 6 Identifying and Preventing Mood Disorders in Children and Adolescents 125
Marilyn J. Powell and Colleen R. Logan

Chapter 7 Stress and Trauma: Coping in Today’s Society 139
Savitri V. Dixon-Saxon and J. Kelly Coker

Part 3 Working With Youth at Risk: Prevention and Intervention

Chapter 8 "Who Am I?": Unique Issues for Multiracial Youth 169
Laura R. Haddock and Jeannie Falkner

Chapter 9 The Secret and All-Consuming Obsessions: Eating Disorders 197
Meredith J. Drew, Ann M. Ordway, and Mark D. Stauffer

Chapter 10 "I Don’t Want to Live": The Adolescent at Risk for Suicidal Behavior 229
David Capuzzi and Douglas R. Gross

Chapter 11 A Future in Jeopardy: Sexuality Issues in Adolescence 265
Melinda Haley, Jessica C. Gelgand, and Alberto Ivan Rodriguez

Chapter 12 "I Am Somebody": Gang Membership 291
Lisa Langfuss Aasheim

Chapter 13 "It Takes a Village": Advocating for Sexual Minority Youth 319
John F. Marszalek III and Colleen R. Logan

Chapter 14 Death in the Classroom: Violence in Schools 337
Abbé Finn

Chapter 15 "Escaping Reality": Adolescent Substance Abuse 367
Matthew V. Glowiak

Chapter 16 Nowhere to Turn: The Young Face of Homelessness 395
Melissa A. Stormont and Rebecca B. McCathren

Chapter 17 "This Isn’t the Place for Me": School Dropout 421
Lea R. Flowers and Dawn M. Robinson-McDonald

Chapter 18 A Nation at Risk: Bullying Among Children and Adolescents 441
Jennifer E. Beebe

Index 465

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“Rich in information, this book not only provides a comprehensive review of preventative measures for working with youth, it also details a wide range of practical and innovative interventions that can be readily applied by parents, practitioners, school counselors, and other professionals. Youth at Risk is an invaluable asset to counselors. I will use it in both my clinical practice and in the classroom.”—Thelma Duffey, PhD The University of Texas at San Antonio

“Capuzzi and Gross have constructed an amazing text that highlights key issues confronting youth and emphasizes the need for prevention-oriented, strength-based solutions within a holistic context. The case examples and evidence-based interventions are illuminating, particularly when focusing on diverse youth. This is a necessary text for anyone working with at-risk youth.”—Cirecie West Olatunji, PhD Academic Program Director, Counseling University of Cincinnati ACA President, 2013–2014

 “In this sixth edition, Capuzzi and Gross continue to demonstrate an unwavering commitment to improve the lives of young people. As a longtime developmental researcher and program developer, I would recommend this text to anyone who wants to better understand at-risk behavior and develop the skills necessary to help at-risk youth.” —David W. Andrews, PhD Dean, Johns Hopkins University School of Education

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