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

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Motivation and Success

Without Contraries there is no progression. -- WILLIAM BLAKE

Even the sudden, tumbling finches have fled into smoke, and the one road whitened in moonlight leads everywhere. -- PHILIP LEVINE, "ASK FOR NOTHING"


Participate in Your Own Experience

Miki's favorite restaurant was the Green Glen, a popular sandwich and salad place. One night, when she and her father were walking the dog, they noticed a Help Wanted sign hanging on the window. Miki balked at first when he suggested she apply for the job, but she eventually figured it wouldn't kill her to put away a few dollars for college. And she liked the idea of having her own money too. Even so, she was surprised when she was hired despite having no experience. Still, as soon as she was assigned her own sections, she informed her parents and her stepparents they were not to show up during her shifts -- unless they were prepared to leave outrageous tips.

During the school year Miki could only work weekends, of course. Management was accommodating. Most of the employees were her age or a lit

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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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