A Development Approach to Working with Teen Victims
Adolescence is a period of great change. In addition to the transformations we normally associate with this life stage, the architecture of the brain is in flux as the foundational structures for adult behavior and thought processes are being built. Victimization during this crucial time can act threaten the stability of these emerging structures.
Although teen victimization doubles the risk for a multitude of problems, teen victims of crime do not receive the same level of intervention and support as adults. Yet if adult practitioners apply basic knowledge of adolescent development to work with teen victims, teens are more likely to obtain the interventions they need.