Behavioral Psychology : Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Essay

979 Words Apr 19th, 2016 4 Pages
Adolescents are often very hard to treat and evidence based research does not always work with this particular population. Many of the adolescents that are in treatment centers are dealing with behavioral issues, conduct issues, mood disorders, personality disorders, complex trauma, and suicidal ideation. These complex issues make finding proper treatment even more difficult. Mode Deactivation Therapy (MDT) seems to work well with this population as every study in this annotated bibliography has shown. The adolescents in these studies were mostly male and consisted of many backgrounds. The participants ranged from 14-17 years of age. The major issue that was targeted in these studies was behavioral issues. This consisted of internalizing and externalizing behaviors, anger, and aggression. Other issues that were targeted were depression, trauma, and suicidal ideation. The participants had behavioral diagnoses such as Conduct Disorder and Oppositional Defiant Disorder, as well as personality disorders, anxiety disorders, and mood disorders. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) has been used to treat teenagers with behavioral issues in the past. Studies on CBT with this particular population are sparse. When researching other possible therapies that are used for adolescents with behavioral issues, I found several, but MDT stood out because I had not heard of it before. MDT uses parts of CBT, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and acceptance. From DBT,…

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