Research Papers on Adolescent Psychology

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  • Shana and Children - Ethical Issues

    A 4 page paper that responds to questions related to a scenario provided by the student. A mother arrives at a therapist’s office with her three children. She wants the therapist to make phone calls and fix things. This paper discusses the ethical issues embedded in the case, the types of assessments to conduct with the children and why. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • TV's Effect on Sexual Behavior

    An 8 page research paper that discusses 2 studies that each pertain to the affect of TV viewing on adolescent sexual behavior. Collins, et al (2003) examines an episode of Friends on teen knowledge pertaining to condom use. Somers and Tynan (2006) examine the relationship between explicit sexual content in TV shows and teen sexual behavior. The writer summarizes each study and discusses their results and implications. No additional sources cited.

  • Youth and Children Psychosexual Development's Influential Concepts

    6 pages in length. Sexuality is an ever-evolving human behavior; from era to era and society to society, this particular aspect of humanity continues to reinvent itself as trends and disease dictate the path people take when it comes to sexual activity. Children and youth - who are only just beginning their entrance into sexual understanding and exploration - have also undergone considerable change in the way in which each group associates itself with sexuality, a continuously changing perspective that is influenced by myriad social elements. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • High Risk Adolescents and Suicide

    An 8 page paper. The suicide rate among adolescents is alarmingly high. This paper has three parts to it: a statement of the problem and hypothesis, a literature review, and a brief discussion of the perspective of the study. The writer provides data regarding the incidence of teen suicide, reasons that have been proposed, behaviors that signal risk, and what can be done to prevent suicide among adolescents. Bibliography lists 12 sources.

  • Theories, Policies, and Intervention Regarding Youth Suicide

    This is a 5 page paper discussing the theory, intervention and policies about youth suicide. Because of the increase in youth suicide in the United States in the last thirty years, researchers have provided cognitive theories in an attempt to describe the continuum which occurs in adolescents from negative emotions to depression to suicide ideation to eventually suicide. Once understood, parents, educators and counselling professionals try and implement intervention programs which are available to adolescents in school programs, outside counselling and hotlines to provide for all possible avenues of screening and intervention. Primary and secondary programs should be included in any policies implemented for the prevention of youth suicide starting with programming for youths at risk in the primary school level and continuing throughout the teen years allowing for proper education of counsellors and teachers in regards to the research available. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Senior Citizens, Young People, and Suicide

    A 6 page paper establishing epidemiological, behavioral and educational diagnoses for suicide among youth and the elderly. The text of the paper is repeated in three tables, each devoted to a specific type of diagnosis. Bibliography lists 13 sources.

  • Suicide and Betrayal

    A 3 page paper which examines when betraying a friend is acceptable if they have threatened suicide. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Adolescence, Quality of Life, and Suicide

    This 8 page paper provides an overview of the issue of quality of life and the choice of suicide. The conflict between religious ideologies, moral perspectives, and questions of humanity and human rights have all come into play to support and negate claims of the right of the individual to chose euthanasia or suicide, especially when relating issues of the quality of life to certain populations, including adolescents at-risk. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • A Healthy Self-Concept

    A 3 page research paper that discusses how to improve self-concept. The writer offers the personal example of her troubles with math and discusses how her self-concept toward academic success with math can be improved. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Children, Depression, and Suicidal Tendencies

    A 10 page discussion of depression and suicidal tendencies among children. While the suicide rate has actually declined since the introduction of SSRIs, there is a growing concern that these drugs many contribute to suicidal thoughts and behavior among some children. Is it possible that the declining suicide rate is not a reflection of SSRI usage but of some other factor? This paper explores the validity of the concerns over SSRIs. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

  • Young Victims of Suicide and Depression

    A 9 page overview of two extremely alarming phenomena: childhood depression and suicide. Concerns regarding the use of Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs), one of the most widely prescribed drugs for childhood depression, a category that includes fluoxetine (Prozac[R]), fluvoxamine (Luvox[R]), paroxetine (Paxil[R]), and sertraline (Zoloft[R]), are addressed.

  • Teen Suicide

    A 3 page paper on teen suicide and how it can be prevented. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Youth Suicide and Depression; Conventional Approaches To Treatment

    This 7 page paper looks at the problem of youth depression which can lead to suicide and the way these are treated using conventional methods. The paper discusses the use of non pharmacological and pharmacological treatments, their efficiency and the way that the different treatment options and potential outcomes will impact on the way healthcare processionals deal with depressed adolescents. The bibliography cites 6 sources.

  • Suicide

    A 10 page exploration of the many factors that enter into suicide. This paper emphasizes the roll depression takes for the suicidal individual. Bibliography lists 15 sources.

  • Children, Adolescents, and Divorce Effects

    A 10 page paper that explores the research addressing the effects of divorce on American children and adolescents. Data included regarding rates of divorce and number of children affected. Research is contradictory regarding the effects of divorce on children but most researchers conclude there are any number of negative effects on children ranging from higher suicide rates and higher high school drop-out rates to more health problems and poorer performance in school. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Biographical Sketch of Bipolar Disorder

    A 14 page paper. The essay includes the definition, incidence, causes and symptoms of this mental illness and discusses the difficulty of diagnosing early onset of bipolar disorder. One of the issues with youth is the similarity to ADHD symptoms. The most effective treatment interventions are explained. The last section discusses suicide among bipolar disorder patients. A biographical sketch of a real person with bipolar disorder are intermingled in the text. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

  • Sons and Lovers by D.H. Lawrence

    ( 5 pp.) Thesis: Sons and Lovers, is an excellent title for D.H. Lawrence's 1913 story of an unaware mother's emotional enmeshment with her youngest son. This is the story of a family with four children: three sons and one daughter. We see how the family inter-relates to each other, particularly a mother to her sons. We are also shown how interdependency becomes an entangled web between an unaware mother and her youngest son. We will look at those relationships in light of our thesis, how a mother chooses to give more value to her needs than that of her son.

  • The Breakfast Club/A View of Adolescence

    A 5 page research paper/essay that discusses The Breakfast Club, directed by John Hughes for Universal, which is an insightful film that offers more substance and analysis of adolescence than the typical Hollywood teen movie. This film rises above the banality of the teen movie genre by exploring in more depth the psychological ramifications of the various high school stereotypical characters, i.e., a “brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess and a criminal” (Hughes, 2007). Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Literature Review on Body Image

    This 6 page paper outlines a review of literature on the issue of body image. This paper considers the impact that body image has on the development of eating disorders. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Literature Relevant to Adolescent Developmental Disorders

    8 pages in length. The writer briefly reviews five articles that address child abuse, self-harming, parental illness, familial changes and depression as they relate to adolescence. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Literature Review on Pregnant Teens, Counseling Theories, and Treatment Approaches

    An 8 page paper which first presents a brief literature review discussing teen pregnancy and what professionals have found to be pertinent counseling issues, then a brief literature review that discusses the effectiveness of the person-centered theory and cognitive-behavioral interventions, then concludes by developing a theory-based treatment that best addresses the issues and effective interventions, and includes treatment goals, the role of the counselor, along with techniques and strategies that must be used to achieve treatment goals. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Psychosis in Adolescents and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

    This 8 page paper looks at cognitive therapy as applied to adolescent psychiatric patients. Literature on cognitive therapy in relation to psychosis is discussed along with literature on adolescence. Why and how such models should be integrated are explored. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Confidentiality Issues When Counseling Minors

    A 7 page paper that addresses the issue of confidentiality when licensed professional counselors are counseling minors. There is a dearth of literature that deals with the topic of confidentiality when counseling minors outside of the school setting. Neither the Code of Ethics for the American Psychological Association nor the Code of Ethics for the American Counseling Association address this issue specifically. What little literature that could be found is discussed in this essay. The writer comments on the APA and ACA Code of Ethics. The issue of privilege is discussed. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Mixed Method Study and Juvenile Crime Intervention Strategies

    A 4 page overview of the elements that must be present in mixed method research. The author presents a key resource from the literature that can be used to frame such studies, identifies three critical theories in juvenile crime, emphasizes the importance of balancing qualitative study with quantitative results, and notes the importance of ethics. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Children, Adolescents, and Ethics of Psychologists

    A 10 page research paper that examines ethical dilemmas that psychologists encounter working with children and adolescents. While specific ethical codes endeavor to be precise, ethical dilemmas, nevertheless, continue to arise, particularly in regards to working with children, which range beyond the boundaries of such codes, creating controversy and debate. This literature review examines and discusses some of these ethical issues, with a particular focus on children and adolescents who are abused, runaway or homeless. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Social Psychology and Application of Aggression Theories

    This 7 page paper provides an overview of the issue of aggression in youth populations and the psychological and social indicators. In school-aged populations, the issue of aggression and the presence of behavior disorders presents considerable problems for educators and parents, who struggle with the displays of physical aggression and the behavioral developments that extend from manifestations of aggression. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Overview of Developmental Psychology

    A 5 page research paper that offers a brief history of developmental psychology, an overview of the areas of emphasis today, including infancy development and development of adolescence, and a new and different approach to studying development. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Stand By Me as a Model of Male Friendship

    This 4 page paper explores the psychology of male friendships and how they are formed using the film “Stand by Me” as an example of such relationships. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Group Counseling Techniques and Adolescent Psychology

    This 7 page paper provides an overview in respect to group counseling techniques. The adolescent is the focus of this investigation that looks at techniques from REBT, TA and behavioral camps. Various methods are touched on and REBT is explored in depth. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Developmental Psychology and Adolescence

    This 4 page paper provides an overview of concepts to come from various theorists. Erickson, Maslow, Bandura and Piaget are each discussed. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Adolescents and Cognitive Behavior Theory

    20 pages in length. Psychology as a discipline has come to be an essential element in the overall aspect of human life. Without its influential element, myriad individuals would not be able to properly function within their world. The practice of psychology has proven to be more than merely a treatment for the affluent or the crazy; rather, it has been embraced by mainstream society as a means by which people are able to work out various psychological situations. No longer is such treatment considered taboo in a world where mental imbalance is quite prevalent. An example of such mainstream approaches is that of cognitive behavioral therapy for adolescents, illustrating how powerful one's thought process truly is with regard to one's overall mental and physical health. Bibliography lists 16 sources.

  • Philip Zimbardo's Peer Pressure Theories

    One of Philip Zimbardo's theories is discussed in this 5 page paper that focuses on peer pressure. The theory that social situations make a difference and can powerfully influence human behavior is examined in the context of everyday life. One example focuses on peer pressure as it influences adolescents to use drugs and alcohol. Personality features are examined along with this theory in social psychology. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Holding Onto Youth: Going from Boys to Men Takes a ‘Whole Lotta Love’

    In thirteen pages this psychology paper discusses the difficult male transition from adolescence to adulthood and the desire to hold onto youth for as long as possible, drawing parallels between this transition and ‘adult’ bands that seem to forever cling to adolescence such as Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones. Seven sources are listed in the bibliography.

  • Child Development and Sigmund Freud

    This 5 page paper provides an overview of Freud's maternal attachment theory and underscores its importance for understanding child psychology. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Adolescent Counseling and William Glasser's Theories

    A paper which consider how the theories of William Glasser are used in counseling adolescents, how these theories were developed, and the various influences both inside and outside psychology which impacted on Glasser’s work. A brief overview of the history of the relevant psychoanalytical models is included, in order to provide a background to Glasser’s own model. Bibliography lists 17 sources

  • Body Image: Journal Articles Overview

    4 pages in length. Both research articles - [1] Davidson et al's (2006) "Adolescent Body Image and Psychosocial Functioning" and [2] McCabe et al's (2003) "Sociocultural Influences on Body Image and Body Changes Among Adolescent Boys and Girls" from The Journal of Social Psychology focus their respective studies upon how body image impacts the manner by which teens perceive themselves and how they believe they are perceived by their others in their age group. Each article submitted questionnaires to a random sampling of the target adolescent group in order to generate response to the following hypotheses: [1] To what extent poor body image influences peer interaction with adolescent boys and girls, and [2] the extent to which sociocultural influences forecast how/why adolescent boys and girls alter their bodies (i.e. lose weight) in order to be accepted. No additional sources cited.

  • Licensed Sexual Offender Counselor Interview

    This 5 page paper gives a fictionalized interview with a licensed sexual offender counselor, specializing in rehabilitation of the juvenille offender. Bibliography lists 1 source.

  • Adolescent Homosexuality and Counseling Perspectives

    A 5 page paper that deals with the issues facing counseling psychologists who counsel adolescent homosexuals. The paper discusses the issues facing the adolescents and gives the psychologist background research on a few of these issues. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Human Development and Growth, Sexual Orientation, and Identity

    This 4 page paper examines three articles about sexual orientation, in particular the problems faced by homosexual children and teens in school and beyond. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Adolescents and the Negative Effects of Music Lyrics

    A 10 page research paper that investigates the negative impact of music lyrics on adolescent behavior and what efforts at censorship such negative effects have generated. Bibliography lists 11 sources.

  • Television Violence and Its Influences

    (5 pp) Victims of violence in America today are most likely to be between the ages of 12 and 24. According to 1999 MTV: Music Television research, violence is the number one concern overall among ts viewers. And, in a recent American Psychological Association poll, 40 percent of youth say they have been concerned about a potentially violent classmate Bibliography lists 6 sources.


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