Family therapy for early adolescent substance abuse

Cynthia L Rowe, Elizabeth Parker-Sloat, Seth Schwartz, Howard Liddle

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Early adolescence is one of the most sensitive periods in the life cycle. It is a transitional period during which young adolescents experience physical changes (Paikoff and Brooks-Gunn, 1990), new feelings and perspectives about their sense of self and relationships (Archer, 1982), and significant shifts in socially ascribed roles (Dunham, Kidwell, and Wilson, 1986). The “developmental reorganization�? (Cicchetti and Toth, 1992) that occurs between late childhood and adolescence makes early adolescence a time of heightened vulnerability to emotional and behavior problems and substance use disorders. Moreover, problems during this critical period increase vul- Completion of this work was supported by grants from the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT, Grant No. I KD1 Til 1871, H. Liddle, Principal Investigator) and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (Grant No. P50 DAI 1328, H. Liddle, Principal Investigator; Grant No. T32 DA07297, H. Liddle, Principal Investigator). The opinions expressed in this chapter are those of the authors and do not reflect official positions of CSAT or NIDA.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAdolescent Substance Abuse Treatment in the United States
Subtitle of host publicationExemplary Models from a National Evaluation Study
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages28
ISBN (Electronic)9781317825593
ISBN (Print)9780789016065
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014

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  • Psychology(all)


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