The Good Teen

The Good Teen

Rescuing Adolescence From the Myths of the Storm and Stress Years

Book - 2007
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Who says the teen years have to be terrible?


Although the word teenager has become synonymous with trouble, the evidence is clear: Adolescents have gotten a bad rap--and this according to a landmark eight-year study of 4,000 teens from twenty-five states. In The Good Teen , acclaimed researcher Richard M. Lerner sets the record straight. The book:

• Explores the academic origins of "the troubled teen," dismantling old myths and redefining normal adolescence
• Presents the five characteristics of teen behavior that are proven to fuel positive development--Competence, Confidence, Connection,Character, and Caring--and specific ways parents can foster them
• Envisions our children as resources to be developed, not problems to be fixed
• Clearly shows parents what to do when things really go wrong--all teens, no matter how troubled they seem, can be helped
• Encourages new thinking, new public policies, and new programs that focus on the strengths of teens

"There is no one in America today who understands teenagers better than Richard Lerner." --William Damon, author of The Moral Child , professor
of education, and director of the Stanford Center on Adolescence, Stanford University
Publisher: New York : Crown Pub., c2007.
ISBN: 9780307347589
0307347583
9780307347572
0307347575
Characteristics: 257 p. ;,24 cm.

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