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Peer-Impact Diagnosis and TherapyA Handbook for Successful Practice with Adolescents$
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Vivian Center Seltzer

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780814740422

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814740422.001.0001

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Peer-Impact Diagnosis and Therapy

Vivian Center Seltzer

NYU Press

This book is designed to help both readers and professionals understand adolescents better and to be better equipped to work with them. Drawing on a theoretical model called Dynamic Functional Interaction (DFI), it examines which adolescent behaviors are deviant and which are not or what the therapeutic task is. DFI is a theory of adolescent psychosocial development that sets the adolescent task as individuation and the core of adolescent behavior as flowing from responses to psychological interactions with peers. This book fills a gap in the professional literature on adolescents by offering insights into the adolescent's journey from puberty to psychological maturity: attaining psychological identity and reaching early adulthood. It also provides an adolescent group therapy model that professionals can use to deal with issues affecting adolescents. This introduction presents six relevant terms and concepts with revised definitions: conformity, importance, competition, separation, supports, and rebellion.

Keywords:   adolescents, Dynamic Functional Interaction, adolescent behavior, psychosocial development, individuation, peers, puberty, early adulthood, adolescent group therapy, conformity

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