by Richard M. Lerner, PH.D
“This outstanding book, written by one of the nation's leading authorities on adolescent development, is a critical read for all interested in youth. It merges scholarship with anecdote to produce a volume that is as informative as it is engaging. For any parent, youth worker, educator or health professional as well, The Good Teen provides valuable insights that debunk the myth that this is an age of storm and stress.”
--Robert Wm. Blum MD, MPH, PhD, William H. Gates Sr. Professor and Chair Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
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.
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