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

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Integrity

Going out into the fields of learning, We shake the dew from the grasses. All is new.

-- JOSEPHINE MILES, "PATHS"

Most people are motivated to justify their own actions, beliefs, and feelings. When a person does something, he or she will try, if at all possible, to convince himself or herself (and others) that it was a logical, reasonable thing to do.

-- ELIOT ARONSON, THE SOCIAL ANIMAL


Be Prepared

At last school was out for the summer. The mood in the administration building was slow and lazy, and the June sky was blue and clear. As anyone would expect, there were few students on campus these days. Danny was one of them, and he was sitting in the dean's office, as no one would have expected. Nobody who was required to meet with the dean at this time of year was there to chat about summer jobs and vacation plans.

Danny was a student who had received (from this dean, in fact) numerous academic awards in the spring assembly. His grade point average placed him at the top of his freshman class. But now he was in trouble.

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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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