The adolescent stage can be described as a time when there is a loss of innocence and a pre-entry into adulthood. A large part of being an adolescent is beginning that process of stepping out into the world and learning about oneself as a unique and autonomous individual. This movement out into the world is contingent upon the knowledge that this young person will have a safe and secure home to return to at the end of the day. If a traumatic loss or event has occurred in the adolescent’s life, there may be no safe base to which this individual can return. Attachment theory teaches us that a young persons ability to attach/engage with peers, family, and other potential support systems is an important aspect of the developmental process. The adolescent stage of development is important because it provides a window into how the adolescent relates to others, which allows the clinician to choose the appropriate intervention.
For this Discussion, choose either the Bradley family or the Brady.
Respond to at least two colleagues who identified a different case and provide feedback on and exhibiting behavior.