Using Literature to Help Troubled Teenagers Cope with Identity Issues

Synopsis

The search for one's identity is an ancient quest reflected throughout history in stories where human glory and conquest are often layered with great pain and self doubt, meant to help people discover themselves and who they are. Today, this quest is found prevalently in young adult novels, where characters wrestle with modern dilemmas in order to find themselves. This reference resource provides a link for teachers, media specialists, parents, and other adults to those novels and how to use them effectively. Educators and therapists explore the literature where common identity issues are addressed in ways intriguing to teens. Using fictional characters, these experts provide guidance on how to encourage adolescents to cope while improving their reading and writing skills.

Additional information

Contributors:
Includes content by:
  • Lois T. Stover
  • J. Roy Hopkins
  • Patricia L. Daniel
  • Vicki J. McEntire
  • Rita G. Drapkin
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Westport, CT
Publication year:
  • 1999