Prof. Kawai Presents a Special Lecture at the 36th Japanese Association for Adolescent Psychotherapy Conference
Prof. Toshio Kawai gave a special lecture at the 36th JAAP conference at Osaka University on December 1st and 2nd, 2018.
The theme of the conference was “Developmental disabilities and psychotherapy for adolescents”. Prof. Kawai’s lecture was entitled, “The atypicalization of development and changes in adolescence mentality”.
Previous studies have observed atypical tendencies in children such as developmental delays and changes in developmental sequences. However, the same can be said about adolescents. In adolescence, self-consciousness starts to develop around the age of ten and developing chumships (friendships between two people of the same sex) helps them find a sense of self. Around fourteen, friendship with people of the opposite sex helps them develop a sense of others. However, this has shifted in recent years and thus, Prof. Kawai pointed out it is important for adolescents to have a therapist to ensure they develop a sense of “others”.