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Volume 29, Number 2, April 2007


1. Recovered Memory Debate Revisited: Practice Implications for Mental Health Counselors (Pages 93-120)

James J. Colangelo

With the high incidence of childhood sexual abuse and the attendant serious negative consequences resulting from it clearly documented, there is a high probability that many mental health counselors will at some point in their career provide treatment to members of this population. Since memory retrieval is an integral part of the treatment protocol when working with such clients, it is imperative that clinicians have a good understanding of the controversy over recovered memories of childhood sexual abuse. This article revisits the controversy, provides a detailed discussion of the issues involved, and offers practice implications for mental health counselors.
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2. Promoting an Outcomes-Based Treatment Milieu for Juvenile Sexual Offenders: A Guided Approach to Assessment (Pages 121-143)

Nancy G. Calley

This article is designed for mental health counselors working with juvenile sexual offenders and focuses on the use of an integrated array of standardized assessment instruments in the treatment of this population. A sequential guide is included to aid the counselor in the identification of salient treatment issues and to promote an effective and comprehensive service utilization process and an outcomes-based treatment environment. Specific assessment instruments designed to measure general risk factors, mental health disorders, substance abuse, and family functioning are discussed.A case illustration is provided to demonstrate the use of assessment instruments in the treatment process.
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3. Adolescents’ Perceptions of the Gendered Context of Depression: “Tough” Boys and Objectified Girls (Pages 144-162)

Jennifer P. Wisdom; Amy M. Rees; Katherine J. Riley; Teresa R. Weis

Gender-specific attributes and socialization influence the development of depression in adolescents, but little research has addressed adolescents’ views on this topic. We interviewed 22 adolescents regarding their views on the impact of sex and gender role influence in depression. Male and female participants: (a) described societal expectations and cultural messages, including high and conflicting expectations for girls, and consistent messages of being “macho” and unemotional for boys, as related to adolescent depression; (b) perceived physical changes during puberty as contributors to depression for girls, but not for boys; and (c) associated loneliness and rejection with depression for both boys and girls. We discuss implications for treatment that include directly addressing gender roles with depressed adolescents.
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4. Use of Mental Health Services by Adults Who Were Adopted as Infants (Pages 163-185)

Frances Pearson; Reagan Curtis; Amanda Milligan Chapman

Adults adopted as infants (N = 156) were surveyed to determine the degree to which they had sought help or guidance with psychological issues during adolescence and adulthood. Less than 12% reported seeking help and women sought help more frequently than men. When they sought professional help, they mostly utilized counselors, psychologists, and psychiatrists, but frequently sought help from other sources such as friends, family, and support groups. The results of the study are discussed in light of literature that suggests this population is more frequently referred for help and recommendations are made for practice and research.
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