Field Guide to the American Teenager: A Parent's Companion

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Acknowledgments

We would like to express our gratitude to our colleagues, friends, associates, and family members who made invaluable contributions to the writing of this book. It would be impossible to single out every person who helped shape this book with an insight, a question, a critique, or a kindness, but here are some of them:

Francesca Applegarth. Dan Barrett. Laurie Bottoms. Bodie Brizendine. Betty Buck. Bill Bullard. Rick Clarke. Annie Condon. C. Slade Crawford. Nan Fredotovich. Tony Fredotovich. John A. Gray. Tucker Hiatt. Fred Hoerner. Elaine Howard. Robert J. Kelly. Khris Lundy. Craig McGarvey. Christine McQuade. Donald McQuade. Elise Miller. Samantha Sanderson. Carlton H. Tucker. David Wood. Samantha Weaver. Valerie Wright. Shafia Zaloom. The San Francisco Bay Area Deans' Group.

Elizabeth Trupin-Pulli, our wonderful literary agent and friend, without whom this book would remain merely an idea. Thanks for your timely words of wisdom and for keeping us on track throughout.

Marnie Cochran, our editor at Perseus Publishing, who understood this book from the beginning and whose energy, dedication, and intelligence spurred us forward. Also, Donna MacCletchie, Lissa Warren, Marco F. Pavia, and Chrisona Schmidt of Perseus.

Particular appreciation to Peter Beren and to Joan Ryan.

The teenagers and parents we have taught and worked with and learned from over the years.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents ix
  • Acknowledgments xi
  • Foreword xiii
  • Introduction xvii
  • 1 - Drinking and Driving 1
  • 2 - Motivation and Success 21
  • 3 - Date Rape 39
  • 4 - Integrity 53
  • 5 - Drugs and the Family 67
  • 6 - Race and Adolescence 85
  • 7 - Eating Disorders 103
  • 8 - Learning Abilities and Learning Disabilities 121
  • 9 - Freedom and Responsibility 139
  • 10 - Divorce 157
  • 11 - Weapon on Campus? 173
  • 12 - Being Gay, Coming Out 191
  • 13 - Making Decisions 207
  • 14 - The Breakup 225
  • 15 - Distress, Depression, and Danger 243
  • 16 - Romance and the Classroom 259
  • 17 - Death and Rebirth 273
  • Appendix a "Where Am I?" - Being 14-15 Means . . . 285
  • Appendix B "Who Am I?" - Being 15-16 Means . . . 288
  • Appendix C "What Are You Looking At?" - Being 16-17 Means . . . 291
  • Appendix D "Where Am I Going and Where Have I Been?" - Being 17-18 Means . . . 293
  • Bibliography 297
  • Notes 301
  • Index 303
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