Using Active Listening When Adolescents Speak

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

After getting home from work, a mother asks her teenage daughter how her day went. Her daughter mumbles about the day going fine. The mother follows-up with a couple of more questions about homework and gets some more vague answers. Since it has been a long day and communication with her daughter doesn’t seem to be happening, the mother goes on with the rest of…

Lazy Children and ADHD

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

As his third grade teacher stood in the front of the class giving directions to the next assignment, the boy sat staring out the window. He often stared out the window or would spend time playing with paper or his erasers. The boy’s grades were beginning to suffer as assignment after assignment would be turned in incomplete or not turned in at all. His teacher…

Keeping Communication Lines Open with Teens

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

“So, how was your day? Anything exciting happen?” asked the mother as she picked up her daughter from school. Her teenage daughter grunted as she got into the car, “Just the usual. Nothing ever happens.” Once the car started moving, the daughter put in her earbuds and started texting with her friends. The mother silently started the drive home. Something happens to children when they…

Teen Emotional Intelligence and Psychological Maladjustment

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

This episode reviews previous studies that look at adolescent emotional intelligence and its’ relationship with psychological maladjustment. We are featuring a journal article titled Emotional intelligence and psychological maladjustment in adolescence. The authors reviewed 32 previously published studies to look for relationships between emotional intelligence and various adolescent problems. There are two models of emotional intelligence. The first is an ability model where emotional intelligence…

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