explain how your understanding of contemporary youth culture may help you be an effective child and adolescent counselor.

Please no plagiarism and make sure you are able to access all resource on your own before you bid. One of the references must come from Flamez, B. & Sheperis, C. J. (2015) and/or Sommers-Flanagan, J., & Sommers-Flanagan, R. (2007). I have also attached my discussion rubric so you can see how to make full points. Please follow the instructions to get full credit for the discussion.

Discussion – Week 2

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Contemporary Youth Culture

The term culture, as typically used in counseling, is defined as patterns of beliefs, values, goals, and behavioral practices that are characteristic of an institution, organization, or group (Prout & Brown, Ed., 2007, p. 65). Children and adolescents engage in their own unique culture, and there are many powerful factors that influence child and adolescent behavior. For example, children in kindergarten may express great affection for a popular cartoon character; however, children in first grade may consider such affection to be a sign of immaturity. The Internet is a popular source of communication among adolescents, and the culture of constant access has broken down barriers of privacy. This has often led to varying degrees of bullying or harassment. Counselors working with children and adolescents must be knowledgeable of contemporary youth culture and the ways it can impact a child’s or adolescent’s thoughts, feelings, and behavior.

For this Discussion, select a magazine, news article, or some contemporary item depicting contemporary youth culture, and consider the core messages communicated through the item. Think about how these messages might impact children and adolescents and how your knowledge or lack of knowledge of this item might affect your ability to be an effective child and adolescent counselor.

Prout, H. T., & Brown, D. T. (Ed.). (2007). Counseling and psychotherapy with children and adolescents: Theory and practice for school and clinical settings (4th ed.). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

With these thoughts in mind:

Post by Day 4 a brief description of the item you selected. Then, explain two core cultural messages communicated through the item. Next, explain one way these core messages could positively affect a child or adolescent, and explain one way it could negatively affect a child or adolescent and how. Finally, explain how your understanding of contemporary youth culture may help you be an effective child and adolescent counselor. Be specific.

Be sure to support your postings and responses with specific references to the Learning Resources.

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Required Resources

Learning Resources

Please read and view (where applicable) the following Learning Resources before you complete this week’s assignments.


  • Sommers-Flanagan, J., & Sommers-Flanagan, R. (2007). Tough kids, cool counseling: User-friendly approaches with challenging youth (2nd ed.). Alexandria, VA: American Counseling Association.
    • Chapter 2: “Establishing Rapport, Gathering Information, and Informal Assessment”
  • Anderson, P., de Bruijn, A., Angus, K., Gordon, R., & Hastings, G. (2009). Impact of alcohol advertising and media exposure on adolescent alcohol use: A systematic review of longitudinal studies . Alcohol & Alcoholism, 44(3), 229–243.
    © 2009 by Oxford University Press. Reprinted by permission of Oxford University Press via the Copyright Clearance Center.
  • Van Den Beemt, A., Akkerman, S., & Simons, R-J. (2010). The use of interactive media among today’s youth: Results of a survey . Computers in Human Behavior, 26(5), 1158–1165.
    © 2010 by ELSEVIER SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY JOURNALS. Reprinted by permission of ELSEVIER SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY JOURNALS via the Copyright Clearance Center.
  • Vitoria, P. D., Salguerio, M. F., Silva, S. A., & De Vries, H. (2009). The impact of social influence on adolescent intention to smoke: Combining types and referents of influence . British Journal of Health Psychology, 14(4), 681–699.
    © 2009 by BLACKWELL PUBLISHING. Reprinted by permission of BLACKWELL PUBLISHING via the Copyright Clearance Center.

Optional Resources

  • Lawson, D. M. (2009). Understanding and treating children who experience interpersonal maltreatment: Empirical findings. Journal of Counseling & Development, 87(2), 204–215.
    Retrieved from the Walden Library using the Academic Search Complete database.
  • Mrug, S., & McCay, R. (2013). Parental and peer disapproval of alcohol use and its relationship to adolescent drinking” Age, gender and racial differences. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 27(3), 604–614.
    Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.
  • Goodrich, K., & Mangleburg, T. F. (2010). Adolescent perceptions of parent and peer influences on teen purchase: An application of social power theory. Journal of Business Research, 63(12), 1328–1335.
    Retrieved from the Walden Library using the Academic Search Complete database.
  • Besic, N., & Kerr, M. (2009). Punks, Goths, and other eye-catching peer crowds: Do they fulfill a function for shy youths? Journal of Research on Adolescence, 19(1), 113–121.
    Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.
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