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

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Race and Adolescence

Before we can leave our parents, they stuff our heads like the suitcases which they jam-pack with homemade underwear.

-- MAXINE HONG KINGSTON, THE WOMAN WARRIOR

I am an invisible man. . . . I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me. When they approach me they see only my surroundings, themselves, or figments of their imagination -- indeed, everything and anything except me.

-- RALPH ELLISON, THE INVISIBLE MAN


There's No "I" in Team

One

Big game. Biggest game of the season. Tech versus Jefferson, playing for the league championship. They had split their first two games, each team winning on the opposition's court, but this contest was taking place on a neutral court at a local college gym that was packed to the rafters. Because the history of the two schools included some vandalism and graffiti, as well as a few inappropriate cheers, there was a little bit more than the usual security on hand. As a precaution, the league had asked the principals at the two schools to meet with their teams to discuss sportsmanship beforehand. So far, these measures seemed to be working. At their last game the

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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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