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

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Eating Disorders

Much Madness is divinest Sense -- To a discerning Eye --

-- EMILY DICKINSON, 435

HAMLET: Madam, how like you this play? QUEEN: The lady cloth protest too much, methinks. HAMLET: O, but she'll keep her word.


Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall

Teanne and Phyllis couldn't honestly remember a time when they hadn't been best friends. Almost from the first minute they met each other, they shared many of the same interests -- soccer, music, and student leadership. When they went to the movies, they hardly ever disagreed on what to see. Without planning it, they frequently wore the same color sweaters. They were both excellent students too, students who liked some good-natured competition with each other for the best grades in their shared classes. Even though there were three middle schools feeding the high school, and they both had other friends, Teanne and Phyllis's friendship grew stronger and stronger. In a racially diverse school such as this one, it might have been no big deal that one of them was African American and the other white. Yet when you looked around campus, you didn't see many kids crossing over that border.

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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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