Power in the Counsellor's Office: Who has it? An analysis of several YA novels of mental illness

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Abstract

The mental health of adolescents worldwide is considered the “leading cause of disability among young people” (Muir et al., 2009, p. 96) and is of continuing concern to policy-makers, health institutions, individuals and families alike. It is generally understood that school counsellors are one of the first in the line of assistance available to teens with mental health issues. This raises questions around effectiveness of these interactions, which can be explored through representations of school and private counsellors in Young Adult novels. Through close readings of several texts, the research draws out themes and puts together one reader’s interpretation of the effectiveness of these interactions in relation to fiction and how they may provide lessons or insights for the real world.

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