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At Risk Youth 5th Edition

J. Jeffries McWhirter, Benedict T. McWhirter, Ellen Hawley McWhirter, Robert J. McWhirter

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  • 448 Pages


This text provides the conceptual and practical information on key issues and problems that students need to prepare effectively for work with at-risk youth. The authors describe and discuss 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.

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.

Robert J. McWhirter,

The author team is comprised of four family members who all bring to the table different experiences and expertise. The lead author, J. Jeffries McWhirter, is Professor Emeritus at Arizona State University in the Counseling and Counseling Psychology Programs. The second and third authors, Benedict McWhirter and Ellen Hawley McWhirter, are both associate p rofessors in the Counseling Psychology Program at the University of Oregon. All are actively involved in the American Psychological Association and the American Counseling Association. Robert J. McWhirter is an assistant federal public defender in Arizona who, among other contributions, wrote the chapter on ethical and legal issues.
  • NEW This edition has been updated with current research citations and statistics.
  • NEW With the recent revision of CSHSE standards, coverage of new material and research from the Human Services has been integrated where relevant.
  • NEW This edition features coverage of technology issues, such as cyber bullying, "sexting," and the dangers/impacts of social networking.
  • NEW Material on LGBTQ youth has been added throughout the text.
  • NEW The authors have included a new case study that examines special education and human services, addressing current interest in these areas.
  • Each chapter has a recommended reading list and makes use of case studies and stories of real clients to illustrate concepts and to highlight, apply, and personalize the book's information.
  • Most of the chapters have a section on interventions so that students can learn about successful techniques in working with young people at risk.
  • Prevention and treatment suggestions now appear in many of the chapters.
  • End-of-chapter citations include suggestions for further readings that supplement the information presented in the text.
  • The text's Part One describes the ecological factors leading to the problems that children and adolescents face. Case study families that are revisited throughout the text are introduced in Part One.
  • Part Three describes the actual at-risk categories (suicide, violence, drug/alcohol use, etc.) and presents treatment suggestions that are particularly effective for working with young people experiencing each of these categories of problems.
  • Part Four contains a complete set of prevention and treatment intervention approaches, including descriptions of school-based family systems, and community-based prevention programs.
  • 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.
1. An Introduction to At-Risk Issues.
2. Environmental/Societal Factors that Contribute to Risk.
3. Legal and Ethical Issues.
4. Family Problems of At-Risk Children and Youth.
5. School Issues That Relate to At-Risk Children and Youth.
6. Individual Characteristics of High-Risk and Low-Risk Children and Youth.
7. School Dropouts.
8. Substance Use and Addiction.
9. Teenage Pregnancy and Risky Sexual Behavior.
10. Antisocial Behavior, Delinquency and Youth Gangs.
11. Youth Suicide.
12. A Prevention/Early Intervention/Treatment Framework and Other Environmental Considerations.
13. Core Components of Programs for Prevention and Early Intervention.
14. Peer Interventions.
15. Family Interventions.

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  • ISBN-10: 113397791X
  • ISBN-13: 9781133977919
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  • ISBN-10: 0840028598
  • ISBN-13: 9780840028594
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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.

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