Today’s media is saturated with celebrity news that influences culture. This session will describe how celebrity news and pop culture can impact adolescents in a variety of ways in terms of presenting problems and general development and socialization. Media examples will be shown to provide instances of how adolescents can be influenced by recent celebrity news. Interventions that incorporate celebrity news and pop culture in sessions in productive ways with adolescents will also be shared.
Today’s media is saturated with celebrity news that influences culture. This experiential presentation will describe how celebrity news and pop culture can impact adolescents in such ways as: influencing socialization (Giles & Maltby, 2004) by modeling negative (Maltby et al., 2005; Oksanen, 2014), or positive messages (Giles & Maltby, 2004). Adolescent’s vulnerability to influence from celebrity news will also be identified (Giles & Maltby, 2004; Maltby et al., 2006). Media examples will be shown to provide instances of how adolescents are bombarded with celebrity information in terms of recent pop culture events and how it evidences itself in adolescents’ presentations in counseling or their development and socialization (i.e., body image, substance abuse, domestic, and sexual violence). Additionally, positive influences of celebrities will also be identified. Interventions that incorporate celebrity news and pop culture in sessions in productive ways with adolescent will also be shared, discussed, and practiced.
Attendees will be able to identify the theoretical rationale for celebrity and pop culture influences on adolescents.
Through experiential participation and viewing media, attendees will identify and practice the impact certain celebrities and pop culture potentially have on adolescent clients’ presenting concerns in both positive and negative ways.
Attendees will experience and practice interventions that incorporate celebrity news and pop culture into counseling sessions with adolescent clients in an effort to use the information constructively by way of deconstructing problem-saturated influences and finding positive messages to meet clients where they are in terms of their interests.
Assistant Professor of Counselor Education,
William Paterson University