Date Completed

Spring 2014

Document Type

Masters Capstone Project

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work



When adolescents do not learn appropriate coping mechanisms for stress, they are more likely to develop problem behaviors that can inhibit their abilities to live productive and meaningful lives. When adolescents do not learn the appropriate ways to cope, they can sabotage their self-esteem, confidence, and learn negative coping strategies. A focus group was held of adolescents between the ages of 11 and 17 years of age. They discussed their point of view of what is stressful and how they handle the stress. All information was compared to evidence based research of coping strategies and the best practices to teach adolescents positive coping strategies. The intervention was developed to enhance adolescents’ abilities to cope with stress in life. The theoretical frameworks involved in this development were The Indivisible Self Wheel of Wellness combined with Mindfulness. The basic fundamental subjects are stress management, choices, and self-confidence. These areas help develop the adolescent to keep a positive self-identity and learn to work through stressful situations. The benefits of this study are decreasing bully behaviors, aggressive outburst, sexual promiscuity, substance abuse, self-harm, mental disabilities, and suicide among adolescents.


Contact Information:

Pamela Thompson

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Social Work Commons