Tag Archives: adolescents

“Love Your Love Life”: Disadvantaged African American Adolescents Cocreate Psychoeducational Romantic and Sexual Health Resources

Disadvantaged Black adolescents are disproportionately afflicted by sexually transmitted disease transmission, dating violence, trafficking, and unplanned pregnancy. Social services need better tools and understanding to address these issues. Moreover, disadvantaged African American adolescents have been significantly underrepresented in mental health, social services, and best practices research, so existing evidence-based practice models are insufficiently inclusive of these adolescents’ perspectives. What can ... Read More »

Relationships between Adolescent Well-Being and Friend Support and Behavior

Numerous studies have pointed out the correlation between adolescent delinquency and negative peer pressures. But do positive peer associations also impact adolescent behavior? In a recent issue of the journal Children & Schools, published by NASW Press, Amy C. Traylor, PhD, Javonda D. Williams, PhD, Jennifer L. Kenney, PhD, and Laura M. Hopson, PhD, outline their findings on a study ... Read More »

Impact of School Violence on Youth Alcohol Abuse: Differences Based on Gender and Grade Level

Researchers have noted a strong association between violence and alcohol-related problems among youths. Studies have shown alcohol use to be linked to violent behavior; nevertheless, gaps in the research currently exist, especially with regard to gender and grade level differences in the impact of school violence on recent alcohol use and episodic heavy drinking among youths. In the April 2016 ... Read More »

Harm Reduction for High-Risk Adolescent Substance Abusers

In today’s society, adolescents are faced with several life-changing challenges—peer pressure, bullying, alcohol and drug abuse, diseases, and engaging in various sexual behaviors. Yet often adolescents are ill-equipped to face these challenges. Substance abuse in particular affects many communities and families. In recent decades, younger people are increasingly involved in use and abuse of alcohol and drugs. Furthermore, substance abuse ... Read More »

Webinar: Reaching Teens in Therapy: Evidence Based Practice for Clinicians

Effective work with adolescents requires particular skill sets and knowledge.  In this webinar, participants will gain an understanding of the multidimensional developmental tasks and growth taking place in this stage of life, evidence-based relational approaches to effectively engage teens in treatment, and gain strategies for addressing the unique challenges in working with this population.  This webinar benefits clinical social workers ... Read More »

“It’s Murder Out Today”: Middle School Girls Speak Out about Girl Fighting

The phenomenon of girl fighting has piqued scholarly and popular interest in recent years, and yet few have studied the factors that contribute to the problem.  Recently a group of social work researchers decided to investigate girl fighting by interviewing several teenage girls in focus groups at middle schools in the northeastern US.  The participants of the focus groups were ... Read More »

NASW’s Legal Counsel, Carolyn Polowy was quoted in today’s USA Today article on school strip searches

From “Strip search review tests limits of school drug policy” USA Today, April 16, 2009 “The National Association of Social Workers — joined by the National Education Association, the National Association of School Psychologists, the American Society for Adolescent Psychiatry and the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children — sides with April Redding in a court filing. “Social ... Read More »

Social Workers Support Hospice Foundation of America’s 2008 National Bereavement Teleconference

For Immediate Release March 31, 2008 Contact Amber Moore 202-336-8277 or amoore@naswdc.org WASHINGTON— The National Association of Social Workers (NASW), in collaboration with other national, state and community organizations, supports the Hospice Foundation of America’s (HFA) National Bereavement Teleconference-Living with Grief: Children and Adolescents on April 16, 2008. HFA’s 2008 Teleconference will focus on the experience of grieving children and ... Read More »