Adolescent Anxiety

Schutten, Stacy (2008) Adolescent Anxiety. Doctoral thesis, Meridian University.


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This Clinical Case Study addresses the impact that adolescent anxiety has on adolescent girls’ and their experience in a residential group home. The girls considered in this study were placed in an inpatient residential program which included an integrated therapy approach. The literature of this case study focuses on: the biological, cognitive/behavioral, psychodynamic, sociocultural perspectives, and Imaginal Approaches to adolescent anxiety. The biological perspective emphasizes physiological responses to high levels of adolescent anxiety. The cognitive/behavioral perspective discusses behavior modification and changing thought patterns. The psychodynamic perspective focuses on the normalcy of adolescent anxiety within healthy development. Though neglected in the past, sociocultural factors emerging literature considers variations in adolescent anxiety based on culture. Lastly, Imaginal Approaches provide understanding regarding anxiety as an affect as well as how transformative practices may support restoration of experience and increased human capacities, such as courage and compassion. The therapy was infused with explorations of adolescent anxiety involving the adolescent girls’ anxiety regarding conflict, attachment, play, safety, grief, and anger. The integrated therapeutic approach provided them opportunities to learn about these vi experiences through: giving and receiving feedback, appreciations, art, role-plays, body movement, collective sound, story-telling, and creative ritual. By supporting the youths to engage these activities with discipline and consistency the activities became transformative practices for them. This study’s significant learnings involved the relationship of anxiety to attachment, positive regard, adolescent dramatization, isolation and abandonment, and supporting the emergence of reflexivity in adolescents. Members of the therapy group worked on coping with adolescent anxiety that surfaced during the therapy period through developing healthy boundaries, working with affective experiences including anger and grief, and engaging life transitions. Drawing upon the children’s story, “The Rescuers,” to mythologize the group’s experiences supported an Imaginal approach to interpretation. Reflections include discussion of a variety of treatment interventions specifically focusing on Imaginal Approaches. Discussion also includes the benefits of Imaginal Approaches in exploring the experience and needs of adolescents.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Subjects: Psychology > Critical Theory
Depositing User: Stacy Schutten
Date Deposited: 17 Jan 2017 21:50
Last Modified: 17 Jan 2017 21:50

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