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Adolescent Mental Health

Prevention and Intervention, 2nd Edition

By Terje Ogden, Kristine Amlund Hagen


236 pages | 2 B/W Illus.

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Adolescence is a period characterized by both increased susceptibility to risks and new-found strength to withstand them. Whilst most young people are well equipped to manage the changes associated with growing up, other maladjusted and marginalized adolescents already have, or are at risk of developing, mental health problems.

Adolescent Mental Health: Prevention and Intervention is a concise and accessible overview of our current knowledge on effective treatment and prevention programs for young people with mental health problems. Whilst addressing some of the most common mental health issues among young people, such as behavioral problems and drug-related difficulties, it also offers a fuller understanding of the evidence-based treatment and prevention programs that are built upon what we know about how these behavioral and emotional problems develop and are sustained.

The volume illustrates contemporary and empirically supported interventions and prevention efforts through a series of case studies. It has been fully updated in line with the latest NICE and DSM-V guidelines, and now includes an added chapter on implementation, and what factors facilitate implementation processes of intervention efforts.

Adolescent Mental Health: Prevention and Intervention will be essential reading for students and practitioners in the fields of child welfare and mental health services, and any professional working with adolescents at risk of developing mental health problems.


This up-to-date compendium is rich with information that clearly defines key principles and practices relevant to the theory and understanding of adolescent development in the 21st century. The authors present a balanced approach to alternative perspectives of theory and intervention, making Adolescent Mental Health: Prevention and Intervention a valuable resource for educators and practitioners. Case studies clarify concepts and illustrate procedures. Marion S. Forgatch, PhD, Senior Research Scientist Emerita, Oregon Social Learning Center, USA

It is rare to find a concise summary of the literature on adolescent mental health that also is complete and readable. Ogden and Hagen, well known for their cutting edge research, have produced a gem, with up to the minute research described in the context of key lessons from history and the latest NICE and DSM-V guidelines. This book is required reading for serious students of the field and will serve as the foundation for meaningful and impactful practice and research in the coming decades. Dean L. Fixsen, Implementation Scientist, University of North Carolina, USA

Table of Contents

1. Adolescent Development 2. Evidence-Based Intervention and Prevention 3. Externalizing Problems: Risk, Prevention and Treatment 4. Internalizing Problems: Anxiety and Depression 5. Alcohol and Drug Use 6. Social Competence and Social Skills 7. Adolescent Mental Health and the School System 8. Special Challenges to Helping Adolescents with Mental Health Needs Appendix. Perspectives on Adolescent Development

About the Authors

Terje Ogden, Ph.D., is research director at the Norwegian Center for Child Behavioral Development, Unirand and professor at the Institute of Psychology, University of Oslo, Norway.

Kristine Amlund Hagen, Ph.D., is senior researcher at the Norwegian Center for Child Behavioral Development. Her research has focused on social competence, antisocial behavior, implementation of intervention efforts, and risk and protective factors.

About the Series

Adolescence and Society

In the 20 years since it began, this series has published some of the key texts in the field of adolescent studies. The series has covered a very wide range of subjects, almost all of them being of central concern to students, researchers and practitioners. A mark of its success is that a number of books have gone to second and third editions, illustrating its popularity and reputation.

The primary aim of the series is to make accessible to the widest possible readership important and topical evidence relating to adolescent development. Much of this material is published in relatively inaccessible professional journals, and the objective of the books has been to summarise, review and place in context current work in the field, so as to interest and engage both an undergraduate and a professional audience.

The intention of the authors is to raise the profile of adolescent studies among professionals and in institutions of higher education. By publishing relatively short, readable books on topics of current interest to do with youth and society, the series makes people more aware of the relevance of the subject of adolescence to a wide range of social concerns.

The books do not put forward any one theoretical viewpoint. The authors outline the most prominent theories in the field and include a balanced and critical assessment of each of these. Whilst some of the books may have a clinical or applied slant, the majority concentrate on normal development.

The readership rests primarily in two major areas: the undergraduate market, particularly in the fields of psychology, sociology and education; and the professional training market, with particular emphasis on social work, clinical and educational psychology, counselling, youth work, nursing and teacher training.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health
PSYCHOLOGY / Developmental / General