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Helping the Struggling Adolescent -- A Guide to Thirty-Six Common Problems for Parents, Counselors, & Youth Workers by Les Parrott III © 2000
Zondervan Publishing House (Grand Rapids, MI)All rights reserved [446 p]
[Answer 14 of 20 questions correctly to receive
19 hours of Continuing Education credit]


Abuse (p. 71-81)
1. With an adolescent who has been abused, a counselor should NOT encourage
a. grieving.
b. offender bashing.
c. empowerment.
d. a survivor mentality.

Anger (p. 82-93)
2. The most effective resolution for chronic anger is
a. deep breathing.
b. imagery.
c. self-talk.
d. forgiveness.

Anxiety (p. 94-106)
3. A study at Oxford University found _____ therapy superior to other forms of treatment in helping patients identify exaggerated thoughts that make them anxious.
a. cognitive
b. behavioral
c. biofeedback
d. relaxation

Depression (116-123)
4. Children who suffer from depression in their teenage years often have
a. few friends.
b. poor grades.
c. parents who are depressed.
d. all of the above.

Drugs and Alcohol (p. 124-137)
5. The primary reason why adolescents use drugs and alcohol is
a. the availability of drugs and alcohol.
b. peer pressure.
c. their parents also use drugs and alcohol.
d. media influence.

Eating Disorders (p. 138-155)
6. Hospitalization is required if a client’s weight is ____ below what it should be.
a. 10%
b. 15%
c. 20%
d. 25%

Forgiveness (p. 156-163)
7. Forgiveness is
a. surrendering our need to hurt back.
b. the same as reconciliation.
c. excusing the actions of others.
d. tolerating offensive behavior.

Guilt (p. 184-194)
8. With an adolescent perfectionist, the Christian psychologist Earl Wilson sometimes will ask the question:
a. Have you asked for God’s forgiveness?
b. Could Jesus have satisfied your parents?
c. Is it difficult for you to trust God?
d. Are you doing your very best?

Inferiority (p. 208-220)
9. The Bible teaches that
a. all human beings are valuable to God.
b. self-love is selfish.
c. inferior feelings are a sign of humility.
d. God loves confident people more.

Loneliness (p. 230-240)
10. Adolescents who are lonely should first be encouraged to
a. take up a hobby.
b. join a school activity.
c. get a boyfriend or girlfriend.
d. enjoy healthy solitude.

Obesity (p 250-262)
11. Obese children are likely to have
a. obese parents.
b. a “high density” eating style.
c. overprotective parents.
d. all of the above

Panic Attacks (p. 279-290)
12. The technique that uses verbal commands such as “Your left arm is heavy” is called
a. autogenic training.
b. guided imagery.
c. laughter therapy.
d. desensitization.

Peer Pressure (p. 313-320)
13. The author believes that
a. negative peer pressure gets worse after 1-2 years of adolescence.
b. parents don’t worry enough about peer pressure.
c. most teens live by their parents’ values, not their peers’ values.
d. after the age of 13 or 14, peers are more important than parents.

Pornography (p. 331-340)
14. The treatment strategy that holds the greatest promise for long-lasting change from addiction to sex is
a. individual counseling three times each week.
b. individual counseling and a Twelve-Step group.
c. hospitalization and medication.
d. cognitive-behavioral therapy.

Promiscuity and Premarital Sex (p. 341-352)
15. In helping teens to establish safeguards against premarital sex, it is good for counselors to know that more than 50% of adolescents first had intercourse
a. in a hotel.
b. alone as a couple in an empty house.
c. at a party.
d. in a parked car.

Schoolwork (p. 377-386)
16. Which of the following provides the LEAST motivation for doing homework?
a. allowing television privileges after studying
b. making use of the family car after studying
c. getting an “A” for a school project.
d. threatening punishment for bad grades

Siblings (p. 398-406)
17. The most effective resolution for chronic sibling rivalry is
a. anger management
b. sibling counseling
c. forgiveness
d. teaching effective parenting skills

Sleep Disturbance (p. 407-416)
18. Most drugs to alleviate sleep problems actually make sleep more difficult because
a. people tend to take the wrong dose.
b. people forget to take it when they should.
c. our bodies develop tolerance to the medication.
d. people forget to eliminate or reduce caffeine intake.

Spiritual Doubt (p. 417-424)
19. Spiritual doubt is
a. a natural part of spiritual growth.
b. unhealthy.
c. the same as a lack of faith.
d. contrary to biblical teaching.

Suicide (p. 430-439)
20. The risk of suicide increases
a. in the first 3 months after a deep depression.
b. with a specific plan.
c. in a home with firearms.
d. all of the above.