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Counseling Adolescent Existential Issues
Michael J. Maxwell and Sharon Gayle
Theories of adolescent identity development have offered counselors plausible explanations of adolescent behavior. However, little has been explored as to the existential nature of adolescent identity crisis. Questions such as ‘who am I?’ are clearly existential in nature, yet exploring those issues from within an existential framework are rarely discussed in the literature. We propose several areas where adolescent behavior and exploration can be seen as part of the search for identity and addressed by practical strategies.
Key words: adolescence, identity, existential, counseling