alexa Therapeutic assessment with an adolescent: choosing connections over substances.


Journal of Child and Adolescent Behavior

Author(s): Austin CA, Krumholz LS, Tharinger DJ, Austin CA, Krumholz LS, Tharinger DJ

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Abstract This case study provides an in-depth example of a comprehensive therapeutic assessment with an adolescent (TA-A) and his parents. The TA-A addressed parental concerns about their son's drug experimentation as well as the adolescent's own private questions about his distinctiveness from others, all set against a backdrop of ongoing parental conflict and poor communication. The TA-A process and how it is specifically tailored to balance the needs of adolescents and their parents is discussed. Subsequently, each step of TA-A is illustrated through the case study. Research findings at the conclusion of the assessment and at follow-up indicated significant decreases in internalizing symptomology and school problems, increases in self-esteem and self-reliance, and improved family functioning as reported by the adolescent. At follow-up, the father spoke of developing a more assertive parenting approach and successful follow-through on recommendations. This case study provides a template for clinicians interested in conducting TA-A. This article was published in J Pers Assess and referenced in Journal of Child and Adolescent Behavior

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