Social isolation of youth at risk: Conceptualizations and practical implications

Richard J. Hazler, Sharon A. Denham

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A literature review led to a conceptualization of social isolation as a major factor in determining how youth are increasingly put at risk for both immediate and lifelong difficulties. Three common and particularly troubling at-risk situations that counselors face are specifically examined to better understand the origins and implications affecting assessment and interventions: abuse by peers in the form of bullying and harassment, abuse and neglect of youth by adults, and suicide as a form of self-abuse. The authors present practical implications for how school and mental health counselors can apply this information in practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)403-409
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Counseling and Development
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 2002

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Applied Psychology


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