Urban adolescent youth face multiple risk factors in their community, which can adversely affect their safety and well-being and consequently impact their functioning in society. It is well recognized that there are several therapeutic interventions currently utilized to treat adolescent youth diagnosed with a mental health problem. However little is known of alternative therapeutic modalities such as Relational Therapy (RT) and its effectiveness with this population. This qualitative study examined the potential benefits of RT with adolescent youth as perceived by professionals who have been trained in this technique. Fifteen RT counselors from a Los Angeles-based mental health agency participated in this study to explore strengths, outcomes, and benefits of RT. Study findings revealed that RT could be an effective therapeutic alternative when treating adolescent youth with counselors noting particular effectiveness with LGBTQ youth who face life challenges during adolescence. Implications for social work with urban adolescent mental health treatment are discussed.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 51/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
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