young adults and family therapy

Helping Young Adults Reconnect in Family Therapy

Young adulthood is a difficult period for navigating family relationships. While many young adults may feel “trapped” in their childhood home, they may feel completely aimless living on their own. As they move out of home and become more independent, their relationship with their parents is bound to change. However, this can make it harder …

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Failing College Classes? Time Off Can Help Students Discover New Interests

Most schools offer a semester of academic probation for students who are at risk of failing college classes to give them a chance to improve their academic performance. However, this puts a short deadline on pulling one’s grades up that may not be effective for students who are unprepared for the difficulty of college work, …

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Winter Adventure Activities at blueFire PulsaR Wilderness Program

Winter is a difficult time of year to motivate young adults to spend more time outside. Young adults are more likely to experience low energy and feelings of depression and loneliness as the days grow shorter and colder. While the outdoors can help boost their mood and energy, the weather can affect the type of …

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Why is Marijuana Abuse in Young Adults Declining?

Despite changing attitudes towards the drug, the prevalence of cannabis use disorder has decreased over the last decade among frequent users. However, these findings do not suggests that rates of using marijuana have actually declined. Young adults who smoke marijuana are becoming more aware of how they use the substance and its potential consequences and …

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No Place Like Home For the Holidays? Connecting with Your College Student over Winter Break

For many college students, it is true that there is no place like home for the holidays no matter how far away they roam. However, going home over winter break requires adjusting from a college lifestyle and back to following rules at home. It is also a period of time where young adults evaluate how …

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Dropping Out or Taking Time Off? Taking Advantage of Gap Year Programming

It’s never too late to take a gap year! Gap year programs are appropriate for recent high school and college graduates and for students who have decided to drop out or take time off. Whether you’re taking a break from school or delaying starting for a few months, young adults look to gap year programs …

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video games and social isolation

The Lure of the Screen: How Video Games Can Lead to Social Isolation

In recent years, there’s been a cycle of blaming video games for aggressive behaviors, although studies have been inconclusive. According to research, violent video games may increase aggressive behavior, but the effect is usually very small. While the rise in popularity of violent video games may not explain recent trends in violent crime, they may …

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Social Resources in Young Adults Predictive of Future Mental Health

While social relationships are associated with reduced depression and anxiety, strong social relationships are also a significant resource for dealing with adverse life experiences. Supportive friends act as a buffer to the potentially life-long mental health problems these events can cause by providing sources of emotional, informational and practical support. For many people, community resources …

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