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

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Weapon on Campus?

The woods are lovely, dark, and deep, But I have promises to keep.

-- ROBERT FROST, "STOPPING By WOODS ON A SNOWY EVENING"

It was very sad, he thought. The things men carried inside. The things men did or felt they had to do.

-- Tim O'BRIEN, "THE THINGS THEY CARRIED"


Miles to Go Before I Sleep

One

South Side High is one of those post- World War II schools built originally for around a thousand students. Times have changed. If you are one of the two thousand or so attending South Side these days, you can forget finding a parking place if you're late. You can hardly even walk down a corridor without bumping into somebody. And every semester you take classes where there are other students you never saw before, and there are teachers who do not recognize you.

It isn't surprising, then, that Miles didn't know the name of the student whose locker was three over from his own. Perhaps he could have picked

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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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