This unit will be divided into four sections (that overlap and at times flow one to another). Each section will address one of the key issues that are facing our adolescents today. Each unit will serve as an entity in itself as well as setting the stage for the next topic. The proposed sections are as follows;
an exploration into how problems are perceived and solved by adolescents. The adolescent thinking process will also be examined. An added feature of this section will be a review of egocentric thought and how it applies to adolescents.
will examine substance abuse, viewing it though the eyes of adults. This section will include the so-called stages of substance abuse.
will look at the problem of substance abuse though the eyes of adolescents. In this section will be some of the factual information that has been written on adolescent substance abuse.
will analyze the risks involved in substance abuse and evaluate some of the prevention measures already in place in various communities.