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A suggested approach for youths with maladaptive behavior

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If you were treating a youth who had maladaptive behavior, what approach would you use?

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This solution discusses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as a suggested approach for treating youths with maladaptive behavior.

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Cognitive behavioral therapy seems to be an effective approach for young people with maladpative disorders. Some examples of these disorders include Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, conduct disorder and severe anxiety disorder and major depressive disorder found in children and adolescents. Cognitive and behavioral therapies for children and adolescents usually are short term treatments (generally 6-20 sessions) that focus on teaching young people and their parents specific skills. CBT focuses on the way a person's thoughts, behaviors and emotions are connected and how they affect each other. Because of this CBT approaches allows for therapists to intervene at different points in the cycle.

Specific adaptations that therapists make when engaging in CBT with children and adolescents include pacing the content and speed of therapy at an ...

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