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

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Divorce

I realized that school plays were invented partly to give parents an easy opportunity to demonstrate their priorities.

-- CALVIN TRILLIN, FAMILY MAN

Were it possible for us to see further than our knowledge reaches . . . perhaps we would endure our sadnesses with greater confidence than our joys.

-- RILKE, LETTERS TO A YOUNG POET (TRANS. A. D. HERTER NORTON)


It's Beginning to Look
a Lot Like Ex-Mas

" Sam, come in here for a second, would you?" The dean of students had called him in before to discuss problems surfacing in his progress reports, so Sam knew her office. "Got something in the mail from your dad today."

"Was it the old Season's Greetings with his three pugs in Santa suits again?"

"I must not have made the list this year. Wait. Pugs? Never mind. Have I met him?"

"He's not the kind of guy you would tend to forget."

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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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