Educational Research

Educational Research (ISSN:2141-5161) Vol. 2(9), pp. 1445-1450  September 2011         
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Adolescents: The need for cognitive behavior therapy in educational settings

Tayebeh Najafi1* and Diana Lea-Baranovich2

1Institute for Educational Research, Tarbiat Moalem University, Tehran, Iran.

2Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling, Faculty of Education, University of Malaya, Malaysia.

*Corresponding author. E-mail:

Received 21 July, 2011; Accepted 11 September, 2011 


Adolescence refers to the period of development between childhood and adulthood. Formal operational thinking emerges in this period. Also, adult-level reasoning can take place in adolescence. Some adolescents may develop negative cognitions which would have negative effects on their lives. Counselors use cognitive behavior therapy in order to change irrational cognitions to rational ones. The present article aims to discuss the need for cognitive behavior therapy in adolescents’ educational settings.  Therefore, at first some theoretical aspects on adolescence and cognition will be addressed. Later, cognitive behavior therapy and its most well known approaches will be introduced. Also, the reason for using it in educational settings will be discussed. Based on empirical studies, it is suggested that counselors provide psycho-educational programs in educational settings. Also, it is suggested that cognitive programming be integrated as part of classroom curriculum.


Key words: Adolescents, cognitive behavior therapy, education.

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