Teenage Girls and Video Game Addiction

Apr 17, 2015

Video game addiction is often perceived as a boy’s problem. Despite its infrequent mention however, gaming addiction among girls and young women is a significant problem today as well. Parents may struggle to determine when obsession has turned to addiction, but there are several clues to watch for. Experts recommend vigilance for those girls who…

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Using Title IV-E Resources in the Adoption Process

Apr 15, 2015

Title IV-E, a subsection of the Social Security Act, was designed to provide assistance to the adoptive parents of special needs children. Unlike the traditional definition of a special needs child, Title IV takes a broad stance that encompasses a variety of factors related to adoption. The program provides funding for adoption-related expenses as well…

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Reactive Attachment Disorder in Teenagers

Apr 8, 2015

Reactive attachment disorder is a complex phenomenon that occurs when a child is unable to establish successful emotional bonds in the early stages of life. Although the exact cause may vary, the results can last a lifetime. Children who suffer from RAD typically withdraw emotionally or act out inappropriately, including in anger and defiance. Dealing…

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The Benefits of Group Therapy for Teens

Mar 30, 2015

Group therapy for teens is a well-established practice within the psychological counseling community, proven to work in those cases where traditional approaches often fail. Teenagers are often hesitant to engage in traditional talk therapy but group work helps overcome their objections. This approach is particularly effective for girls and young women, who are highly likely to derive…

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Premature Sexual Development in Girls

Mar 27, 2015

Premature sexual development in girls can occur as the result of a medical condition, environmental factors or in response to sexual abuse. Puberty is challenging for most children, but the experience becomes even more difficult when it occurs too soon. Risks to young women who experience premature development can be profound, from an emotional, social…

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Acquaintance and Date Rape

Mar 25, 2015

The topic of date rape is talked about frequently in relation to college students, but much less so with regard to younger girls. Nevertheless, it is a serious problem of which adolescent and teen girls must be aware. The Bureau of Justice Statistics says that girls age 15 to 24 are four times more likely…

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Test Anxiety and Gender

Mar 23, 2015

Test anxiety is reported to be a rapidly growing problem in the United States. Research shows that this problem is exacerbated in girls and young women for every age group. Test anxiety is a type of performance anxiety related to academic evaluation. Its indications may be subtle, but its effects can take a profound toll…

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The Internet and Behavior Issues in Teenagers

Mar 18, 2015

Issues concerning the Internet and behavior issues in children and teenagers have proliferated in the media for more than a decade. The violent acts perpetrated at Columbine High School first brought the issue to light. When the behavior of children or teens takes an unexpected turn, parents and caregivers look for an explanation. Internet use…

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What is Conduct Disorder in Children and Teens?

Mar 16, 2015

Conduct disorder is much less well known than several other, more familiar problems related to childhood and the teen years. This disorder is characterized by physically violent or hostile behaviors paired with an utter disregard for others. Kids who suffer from conduct disorder are often labeled as delinquents or simply bad kids. In reality, this…

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