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Helping Parents of Adolescents: Stringing Pearls from Developmental Science, Family Systems Theory and Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Laura S. Kastner, PhD
Clinicians treating adolescents for mental health problems may specialize in individual models of evidence based therapies but fail to include the family as part of the treatment plan. Since most adolescents live in the context of a family, their efforts to address their own symptoms may be thwarted by the dynamics at home which contribute to their problems. Clinicians can improve outcomes by including parents in the treatment plan and enhancing parenting skills, understanding about adolescent development, and family relationships.