stress and adjustment issues 1

Children, adolescents, and families are exposed to a wide range of stresses such as divorce, the loss of a loved one, changing schools, or military deployments. Although stress is considered an external force or trigger, children and adolescents often put stress on themselves through unhealthy or maladaptive thoughts and behaviors. Often times these stresses are diagnosed as adjustment disorders. Think about Tanya from this week’s introduction and how she may struggle adjusting to her new face and how the reactions of the children in the ice cream store continued to manifest or perpetuate her adjustment issue.

For this Discussion, select a child or adolescent stress or adjustment issue. Consider how this stress or adjustment issue manifests itself and what factors may influence its manifestation.

With these thoughts in mind:

Post by Day 4 a brief description of the child or adolescent stress or adjustment issue you selected. Then, explain one way culture, gender, or social factors might influence the manifestation of the stress or adjustment issue and how. Finally, explain which factor or manifestation of the adjustment issue may be the most difficult for you to address and why. Be specific and use examples.

References:

  • Flamez, B. & Sheperis, C. J. (2015). Diagnosing and treating children and adolescents: A guide for clinical and school settings. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
    Chapter 12 “Trauma-and Stressor-Related Disorders”
  • Keller, P. S., Cummings, E. M., Peterson, K. M., & Davies, P. T. (2009).
  • Miller, L. D., Short, C., Garland, E. J., & Clark, S. (2010). The ABCs of CBT (cognitive behavior therapy): Evidence-based approaches to child anxiety in public school settings. Journal of Counseling & Development, 88(4), 432–439.
    Retrieved from the Walden Library using the Academic Search Complete database.
  • Cook, E. C., Chaplin, T. M., Sinha, R., Tebes, J. K., & Mayes, L. C. (2012). The stress response and adolescents’ adjustment: The impact of child maltreatment. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 41(8), 1067–1077.
  • Rew, L., Principe, C., & Hannah, D. (2012). Changes in stress and coping during late childhood and preadolescence. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing, 25(3), 130–140.

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