Adolescence by Inge Wise

By Inge Wise

An summary of labor with youth, overlaying a large spectrum of matters, together with operating with violent, depressed and suicidal children, and people being affected by addictions.

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CHAPTER THREE Working with adolescents: a pragmatic view Some definitions of adolescence F rom a sociobiological point of view, we might say that we have childhood and adulthood with adolescence as the time in between the two. Biology emphasizes hormones and other physical features to characterize the stage of development of each individual, and society has adopted yardsticks that have varied over the years and in different cultures to determine the rights and duties of each person according to his or her chronological age.

Following up the idea that adolescence would represent a second attempt at this move from dependence toward independence, Blos (1%7) described adolescence as "the second individuation process". Blos emphasized how treating an adolescent helps one to observe the alternating and interacting pictures of his or her view of childhood and of their present world, though now within very different individual, family and social conditions. WORKING WITH ADOLESCENTS: A PRAGMATIC VIEW 43 Klein's paranoid-schizoid and depressive positions (Segal, 1%4) do not constitute developmental phases sensu strictu, but emotional configurations that occur at all stages of the individual's life.

These changes result from an increased capacity to integrate experiences and lead to a shift in primary concern from the survival of the self to a concern for the object upon which the individual depends. According to Britton (1989),". . it has become increasingly evident that the capacity to comprehend and relate to reality is contingent on working through the depressive position". He also reminds us that Klein "emphasized that the Oedipus complex develops hand-in-hand with the developments that make up the depressive positim ...

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