Magazine article Work & Family Life

New Information on What Makes Adolescents Tick

Magazine article Work & Family Life

New Information on What Makes Adolescents Tick

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New information on what makes adolescents tick

By reading this new book, you'll learn more about adolescents than anyone knew just ten years ago. Dr. David Walsh, a therapist, teacher and parent, provides an easy-toread, fascinating explanation of how teen behaviors are tied to the physical growth of the brain. But, as he says, "Although the brain explains many of the changes during adolescence, it doesn't speak to all of the behaviors typical of teens," so he also looks at the psychological and social dimensions of adolescence.

Dr. Walsh's real-life stories are accompanied by insightful Do's and Don't's (see Front Page article) on issues such as risk-taking, improving communication and adolescent depression. He offers parenting strategies to help kids learn to control their impulses, manage erratic behavior, avoid drug and alcohol use, cope with their changing bodies and even manage media influences better.

This helpful book takes an upbeat-but-realistic attitude. …

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