Part I: AT-RISK CHILDREN AND YOUTH: THE ECOLOGY OF PROBLEMS. 1. An Introduction to At-Risk Issues. 2. Environmental/Societal Factors That Contribute to Risk. Part II: FAMILIES, SCHOOLS, SKILLS. 3. Family Problems of At-Risk Children and Youth. 4. School Issues That Relate to At-Risk Children and Youth. 5. Individual Characteristics of High-Risk and Low-Risk Children and Youth. Part III: AT-RISK CATEGORIES. 6. School Dropout. 7. Substance Use and Addiction. 8. Risky Sexual Behavior: Teenage Pregnancy and STDs. 9. Youth Violence: Antisocial Behavior, Delinquency, and Youth Gangs. 10. Youth Suicide. Part IV: PREVENTION, INTERVENTION, AND TREATMENT APPROACHES. 11. A Prevention/Early Intervention/Treatment Framework and Other Environmental Considerations. 12. Core Components of Programs for Prevention and Early Intervention. 13. Peer Interventions. 14. Family Interventions.
J. Jeffries (Jeff) McWhirter is a professor emeritus in the counseling and counseling psychology programs in the College of Letters and Sciences at Arizona State University, where he continues to teach and supervise masters and PhD students. He holds a diplomate in counseling psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) and is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, the American Psychological Society, the Academy of Counseling Psychology, and the Association of Specialists in Group Work. He has also maintained a small private practice for more than 45 years. Benedict T. McWhirter is a professor of Counseling Psychology and Department Head of the Counseling Psychology and Human Services Department in the College of Education at the University of Oregon. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association (Division 17), and is a licensed psychologist in the state of Oregon. Ellen Hawley McWhirter is the Ann Swindells Professor of Counseling Psychology and Director of Training for the Counseling Psychology Doctoral Program in the College of Education at the University of Oregon. She is a fellow of the American Psychological Association (Division 17), and is a licensed psychologist in the state of Oregon. Anna Cecilia McWhirter has a master's degree in Prevention Science from the University of Oregon. She works as a research assistant in a number of studies focused on at-risk children, young women, and families at the Prevention Science Institute at the University of Oregon and as an office specialist for the Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) program of Lane County, Oregon. She is pursuing a doctoral degree in School Psychology. The author team is comprised of four family members representing three generations, each of whom brings to the table different experiences and expertise. The lead author, Jeff, is the father of Benedict. Benedict and Ellen are married. Anna Cecilia is the daughter of Benedict and Ellen. Robert McWhirter, author of the legal materials presented in the online resources for this book, is also Jeff's son, and has 30 years of experience as a federal public defender and international consultant, and is an author on the history of the Bill of Rights and Immigration law in the U.S.