S10+Lecture+26+–+333+-+S10+-+Problems

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Adolescent Problems April 28 & 30, 2010 LAST CLASS!
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Today Last class. Last day to turn in exam conflict paperwork. Remember to do the assignments – up through 12. Review questions up through chapter 12
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Problems in Adolescence In general, adolescents do not develop serious psychological or social problems For those that do have problems: Most problems reflect transitory experimentation, not enduring patterns of bad behavior Not all problems begin in adolescence Most problems do not persist into adulthood Problems during adolescence are not caused by adolescence
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Psychosocial Problems Substance abuse – the maladaptive use of drugs Externalizing disorders – problems are turned outward Comorbidity Substance abuse problems often with externalizing problems Problem Behavior Syndrome Internalizing disorders – problems are turned inward Comorbidity among internalizing problems Underlying factor could be Negative Affectivity Negative Affectivity = How easily someone becomes distressed Insert DAL photo
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Substance Use and Abuse in Adolescence Society sends a mixed message to youth Alcohol and cigarettes the most commonly used and abused substances
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Prevalence of Substance Use and Abuse Most adolescents have experimented with alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana but not with other drugs Only a very small number of adolescents use any substance daily (one-sixth smoke cigarettes every day)
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Earlier Age of Initiation Adolescents experimenting with drugs at earlier ages than in the past Chances of becoming addicted to alcohol or nicotine increased when use begins before age 14 Drugs can affect dopamine production in the brain, possibly altering it permanently Effects of alcohol and nicotine on brain functioning (especially memory) are worse in adolescence than adulthood
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This note was uploaded on 01/17/2012 for the course PSYCH 333 taught by Professor Coffield during the Spring '08 term at Rutgers.

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