By Pamela A. Malone
Loss, grief, and trauma come into the lives of youngsters in lots of types and with extra frequency than the adults of their lives might detect. Assessing the intensity and nature in their feelings could be tricky; teenagers tend to be reluctant to teach powerful feelings and will be tricky to arrive, really after they event the premature dying of a family member. How top to paintings with a teen who could have hassle speaking their feelings even below the easiest of situations? And what if she or he has discovered in regards to the dying of a friend or classmate from one other peer instead of a loved one? What approximately gender changes and the effect of tradition and kin? What position do cellphones, textual content messaging, and applied sciences akin to fb play within the adolescent grief event? teens’ use of expertise creates limitless entry to buddies, help platforms, and data, yet information that spreads fast with out buffering results can accentuate the power of the adolescent grief responses. Counseling youth via Loss, Grief, and Trauma not just examines those matters; it additionally presents clinicians with a wealth of assets and time-tested healing actions which are certain to develop into an vital a part of any clinician’s practice.
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I’m barely passing. I don’t feel like doing homework. ” Some adolescents are able to regain an improved level of concentration to better their grades. “My grades dropped for about 3 weeks or so. ” One adolescent girl noted successfully making herself focus and burying herself in her schoolwork as a diversion from thinking about her brother’s death; her grades were excellent but she described not being able to focus on anything outside of school. Overall, concentration can be a real concern for adolescents experiencing loss, grief, or trauma.
Xiii). Types of loss that may be categorized as disenfranchised include those where the relationship with the deceased is not recognized, the loss is not acknowledged, and there is exclusion of the griever (Doka, 2002). In many instances, this encompasses the experience that adolescents face when a classmate or friend dies. The death of an adolescent’s peer or classmate is often an unrecognized loss by others. This death loss may be viewed by parents, teachers, and friends as unimportant in an adolescent’s life, especially if the peer or classmate was not someone the adolescent hung out with or appeared very close to.
Tanisha, an 18 year-old who was cheated on by her boyfriend of three years, notes that her mom is not supportive: “She told me to get over it, that I’m young, and there will be plenty of guys. ” Many adolescents state that they feel more grown up than their friends, that they have experienced something often beyond the scope of their peers. This is supported by studies that claim adolescents can feel different from and misunderstood by their peers (Ringler & Hayden, 2000). The reactions of friends can range from “helpful to heartless,” with great variance.
Counseling Adolescents Through Loss, Grief, and Trauma by Pamela A. Malone