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At Risk Youth 6th Edition

J. Jeffries McWhirter | Benedict T. McWhirter | Ellen Hawley McWhirter

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  • ISBN-10: 1337429716
  • ISBN-13: 9781337429719
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  • ISBN-10: 1305670388
  • ISBN-13: 9781305670389
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AT RISK YOUTH, 6th Edition, discusses the latest prevention and intervention techniques that will help future and current professionals perform their jobs successfully and improve the lives of young people at risk. New content discusses the flipped classroom and mindfulness approaches, and expanded content covers LGBTQI youth, youth with disabilities, immigrant youth, and incarcerated youth, among other topics. Additional tools including an Instructors Manual and the CourseMate digital solution provide ideas for group and individual projects, role-plays and practice exercises, journaling, discussion board postings, and reading and writing assignments. The IM also includes quiz items, reflection questions, You Tube/TEDTalks links, PowerPoint® slides to aid in teaching the class.

J. Jeffries McWhirter, Arizona State University

J. Jeffries (Jeff) McWhirter is a professor emeritus in the counseling and counseling psychology programs in the College of Letters and Sciences at Arizona State University, where he continues to teach and supervise masters and PhD students. He holds a diplomate in counseling psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) and is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, the American Psychological Society, the Academy of Counseling Psychology, and the Association of Specialists in Group Work. He has also maintained a small private practice for more than 45 years.

Benedict T. McWhirter, University of Oregon

Benedict T. McWhirter is a professor of Counseling Psychology and Department Head of the Counseling Psychology and Human Services Department in the College of Education at the University of Oregon. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association (Division 17), and is a licensed psychologist in the state of Oregon.

Ellen Hawley McWhirter, University of Oregon

Ellen Hawley McWhirter is the Ann Swindells Professor of Counseling Psychology and Director of Training for the Counseling Psychology Doctoral Program in the College of Education at the University of Oregon. She is a fellow of the American Psychological Association (Division 17), and is a licensed psychologist in the state of Oregon.
  • The text presents educational, psychological, and counseling interventions for prevention and treatment of at-risk behaviors, including those appropriate for adolescents, pre-adolescents, and younger children. Most of the chapters have a section on interventions so that students can learn about successful strategies for working with young people at risk. Four case study families are introduced in the first four chapters and revisited throughout the text.
  • Part One introduces at-risk issues and describes the ecological factors leading to the problems that children and adolescents face. Because most academic programs preparing human services personnel now include specific and more extensive coursework on ethical and legal issues, the chapter devoted to this content has been dropped from the text, but placed in the Instructors Manual for those who want further reference to legal and ethical issues related to working with youth.
  • Part Two contains three chapters focusing on family problems, school issues, and individual characteristics that provide the backdrop for high-risk attitudes and behavior. Chapter 5 is especially relevant because it highlights resilience factors and includes five constructs that separate high risk from low risk young people.
  • Part Three discusses five at-risk categories (school dropout, drug/alcohol use, risky sex, violence, youth suicide) in five separate chapters. Effective treatment strategies are described that are particularly relevant for working with young people experiencing each of these categories of problems.
  • Part Four contains four chapters that present a complete set of prevention and treatment intervention approaches, including descriptions of school-based, family systems, peer-focused, and community-based prevention programs.

At Risk Youth


1. An Introduction to At-Risk Issues.
2. Environmental/Societal Factors That Contribute to Risk.
3. Family Problems of At-Risk Children and Youth.
4. School Issues That Relate to At-Risk Children and Youth.
5. Individual Characteristics of High-Risk and Low-Risk Children and Youth.
6. School Dropout.
7. Substance Use and Addiction.
8. Risky Sexual Behavior: Teenage Pregnancy and STDs.
9. Youth Violence: Antisocial Behavior, Delinquency, and Youth Gangs.
10. Youth Suicide.
11. A Prevention/Early Intervention/Treatment Framework and Other Environmental Considerations.
12. Core Components of Programs for Prevention and Early Intervention.
13. Peer Interventions.
14. Family Interventions.

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Cengage provides a range of supplements that are updated in coordination with the main title selection. For more information about these supplements, contact your Learning Consultant.


Online Instructor's Resource Manual

ISBN: 9781337096010
Streamline and maximize the effectiveness of your course preparation using such resources as brief chapter outlines, chapter summaries, extensively detailed chapter lecture outlines, lecture suggestions, video suggestions, and creative lecture and teaching suggestions. This manual also contains student learning objectives, key terms, essay/discussion questions, student activities, discussion exercises, and Internet exercises. Finally, it contains material on legal and ethical issues presented in the previous edition of the main text as Chapter 3.

Online Test Bank

ISBN: 9781337096034
Organize your course and capture your students' attention with the resources found in the Test Bank, including multiple-choice, true/false, short-answer, and essay questions for each chapter of the text -- most with answers and page references.

Online PowerPoint®

ISBN: 9781337096003
These vibrant Microsoft® PowerPoint® lecture slides for each chapter assist you with your lecture by providing concept coverage using images, figures, and tables directly from the textbook.

CourseMate 1 term (6 months) Instant Access

ISBN: 9781305956827
CourseMate brings course concepts to life with interactive learning, study, and exam preparation tools that support the printed textbook.


CourseMate 1 term (6 months) Instant Access

ISBN: 9781305956827
The more you study, the better the results. Make the most of your study time by accessing everything you need to succeed in one place. Read your textbook, take notes, review flashcards, watch videos, and take practice quizzes -- online with CourseMate. Access to this product is valid for 6 months after initial log-in.