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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 has explored confusing adolescent behavior from a Peer Arena lens. Recognizing such behavior as primarily the result of psychological interactions and comparison with peers provides an opportunity to better understand adolescents' efforts to see themselves through the stressful period of individuation and of becoming their own person. The Peer Arena lens allows the professional to accept the fact that adolescents want to be together with other adolescents. Professionals who focus on the “conflict of the generations” and “rebellion” miss the essence of adolescence and the importance of the Peer Arena for adolescent development. This book has provided key insights into the theory and practice of working with adolescents by drawing on Peer Arena Retrospective (PAR) protocols and the Peer Arena Lens (PAL) group therapy.

Keywords:   adolescent behavior, Peer Arena, comparison, peers, adolescents, individuation, adolescence, adolescent development, Peer Arena Retrospective protocols, Peer Arena Lens group therapy

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