Clinical Interventions with Gang Adolescents and Their Families: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Clinical Interventions with Gang Adolescents and Their Families

1st Edition

By Curtis W. Branch

Routledge

270 pages

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Hardback: 9780367010331
pub: 2018-09-18
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Description

This volume is bold and revolutionary, a clinically oriented primer for clinicians and others interested in the mental health functioning of gang youth and their families. Providing a well-integrated mixture of theory, clinical axioms, and practical ideas, the book offers invaluable information to clinicians, researchers, and program planners working with gang-affiliated adolescents. Standard psychotherapeutic and assessment procedures are discussed in terms of their specific use with gang members. The oft-made assumption that a gang member's life is one continuous state of antisocial and violent behavior is abandoned in favor of a developmental orientation that considers pregang functioning as well as the transformation that occurs as a result of joining the gang. Discussing gangs from historical and ethnic cultural perspectives, the author takes a developmental orientation toward the evolution and psychological dimensions of gangs. Branch discusses the Family Intervention Project, a specific multiple-family assessment model, at length. He concludes with a review of the research literature on clinical interventions with gang members and practical suggestions for judging the efficacy of treatment approaches. Those working with adolescents who are in at-risk environments or who are already involved in gang activities will find this a useful and welcome tool. This book will also appeal to advanced students in departments of clinical and developmental psychology, education, counseling, and social services.

Table of Contents

Preface -- Introduction -- Theory and Foundations -- Since the Days of Knights: Historical and Psychological Overview of Gangs -- Developmental Aspects of Gang Membership -- Race and Ethnicity -- Clinical Assessment -- The Mental Status Examination -- Behavior -- Cognition -- Family Assessment -- Developmental Assessment -- Interventions -- Planning an Intervention -- The Family Intervention Project -- Research and Evaluation -- The Case of Ramon -- Case Examples from the FIP -- An FIP Family Case Study

About the Author

Curtis W. Branch is assistant professor of psychology in the Department of Clinical and Counseling Psychology, Teachers College, Columbia University. He is also codirector of the Center for Urban Youth in New York City and a partner in a clinical counseling practice in Denver.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSY000000
PSYCHOLOGY / General