The Emotional and Behavioral Impact on Children/Adolescents Living in Dysfunctional Families

Robert J. Ackerman, PhD

Families under stress produce children and adolescents who are under stress.

This is especially true for families that experience alcohol and drug abuse problems, child abuse, spouse abuse, divorce, and other dysfunctionalbehaviors. Many of the young people from these families become at risk for a variety of emotional and behavioral problems. This workshop will address the emotional and behavioral impact on youth who become "high risk" or "at risk" for a variety of problems. A cognitive behavioral model for helping adolescents eliminate self-defeating behaviors will be presented. Additionally, techniques for working with "resistant" children and adolescents will be included.