ERIC Number: EJ793816
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Reference Count: 68
Using Existential-Humanistic Approaches in Counseling Adolescents with Inappropriate Sexual Behaviors
Parrish, Mark S.; Stanard, Rebecca P.; Cobia, Debra C.
Journal of Humanistic Counseling, Education and Development, v47 n1 p26 Spr 2008
Adolescent sexual acting out behaviors frequently occur in the context of comorbid issues, such as depression, trauma, behavioral disorders, and developmental deficits, thus rendering any single treatment modality less effective. Augmenting traditional treatment with an existential-humanistic (E-H) perspective enables counselors to more effectively address a host of common co-occurring conditions. The purpose of this study is to review the literature and, using an E-H framework, to present adjuncts to existing treatment protocols for adolescents with inappropriate sexual behaviors. Consideration is given to those components of the adolescent's development and environment that contribute to her or his acting out behaviors and existential anxieties (e.g., death, freedom, isolation, meaninglessness; Yalom, 1980). As demonstrated through a review of current research literature, E-H approaches to counseling offer additional tools to counselors to assist clients who present issues that may not fit neatly into a single modality intervention process.
Descriptors: Counseling Techniques, Behavior Disorders, Adolescents, Sexuality, Depression (Psychology), Antisocial Behavior, Mental Disorders, Psychological Patterns, Developmental Delays, Humanism, Literature Reviews, Developmental Stages, Environmental Influences, Philosophy
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