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NCJ Number: 118366 Find in a Library
Title: Growing Pains: Explaining Adolescent Violence With Developmental Theory (From Counseling the Adolescent: Individual, Family, and School Interventions, P 57-71, 1988, Jon Carlson and Judith Lewis, eds. -- See NCJ-118364)
Author(s): R A Winbush
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 15
Sponsoring Agency: Love Publishing Co
Denver, CO 80222
Sale Source: Love Publishing Co
1777 S Bellaire Street
Denver, CO 80222
United States of America
Type: Research (Theoretical)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Developmental theory provides an opportunity for counselors to develop new intervention strategies to curb violence by juveniles.
Abstract: Studies indicate that variance among violent behaviors by juveniles correlates with their development in moral reasoning. Regarding violence against self (suicidal tendencies), developmental theory suggests that level of moral development affects perceptions of problems and means of coping with them. Those counseling suicidal juveniles should be informed on developmental issues that can provide insights for dealing with crises. Another form of violence against self is drug and alcohol abuse. Preventive drug education programs as early as elementary school can help forge moral reasoning about drug abuse and healthy means of coping with various adolescent stresses. Violence against others is yoked to stunted moral reasoning that has little appreciation for the feelings and rights of others and for constructive means of coping with various stress factors. Intervention can include group sessions that focus on moral dilemmas and their resolution as a means of increasing adolescents' insight into the positive handling of various stressful events. 41 references, 10 suggested readings.
Main Term(s): Cognitive developmental theory; Moral development
Index Term(s): Violence causes; Violent juvenile offenders
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