Key concepts of Adlerian theory are discussed in this paper, including the life style, life tasks, encouragement, how one becomes discouraged and social interest. The term at-risk youth is defined in order to explore the application of Adlerian principles to this population. The methods and benefits of integrating social interest into the lives of youth are also discussed. The role of the youths’ parents encouraging and instilling the value of social interest into their children is also included in this work.
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