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

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Being Gay, Coming Out

I go on writing so that I will always have something to read.

-- JEANETTE WINTERSON, THE PASSION

Mothers of America let your kids go to the movies!

-- FRANK O'HARA, "AVE MARIA"


Wherever You Are, There You Go

Everybody loves Sheila. If you could say that anyone in particular sets the social rules around school, she does. For instance, whatever she wears on Monday somehow becomes the height of fashion by Thursday noon. Some teachers find her shallow but some find her interesting, and a lot more substantial than she appears. Usually adults can't help but like her, though, and they think she is amusing in that just this side of sarcastic way. Others wish the girl would give the old act a rest. As for her friends, her legion of friends, they say she's already a party animal legend, and it's only her junior year.

Although Sheila made it a point of personal pride to get along with everybody, she knew she wasn't really that close to anybody. Stacey Witte was a teacher she liked, even if she was a teacher. They used to chat, very friendly, before and after class, stopping on campus, that sort of thing.

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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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