Almost Grown: Launching Your Child from High School to College

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A time of tumult, your children's transition from high school to college can also be a time of growth. This book shows you how.Almost Grown is a guide for parents to the final years of high school and first years of college, offering intelligent counsel not only in practical issues such as developing a college search plan or handling questions of money, sex, and substance abuse, but also in the psychological issues that arise during this family transition. Writing as both psychologist and parent, Patricia Pasick ...

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Overview

A time of tumult, your children's transition from high school to college can also be a time of growth. This book shows you how.Almost Grown is a guide for parents to the final years of high school and first years of college, offering intelligent counsel not only in practical issues such as developing a college search plan or handling questions of money, sex, and substance abuse, but also in the psychological issues that arise during this family transition. Writing as both psychologist and parent, Patricia Pasick tackles the key question of how mothers and fathers can foster adolescents' growth and autonomy while maintaining family connections and stability. She also explores the unexpected: the impact of the changing family on younger siblings, the benefits and frustrations of college students' returning home, the challenges and opportunities that nontraditional families face, and more.
Pasick delves into another critical yet underplayed aspect of the college transition: how parents' lives change. Almost Grown guides readers through this major step in adult development and new start to adult partnerships.Almost Grown contains advice from high school and college admissions counselors across the country and, at the heart of the book, stories of personal experience from parents and adolescents who are making, or have made, the transition.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393317107
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/28/1998
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 385,168
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Patricia Pasick, M.Ed., Ph.D., is a family therapist and clinical psychologist in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and teaches at the Fielding Institute. She is married and has two children, ages 18 and 22.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1 Adolescents From High School to College 3
2 Surviving the College Search 38
3 Finding a College Search Process that Works 65
4 Parents' Experience of the Transition Years 86
5 Parenting the Late Adolescent 116
6 The Launch 142
7 The Freshman-year Experience 168
8 New Space for New Growth 199
Notes 229
Additional Resources 235
Index 237
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  • Posted May 5, 2010

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    Good read

    I enjoyed this book because the author writes from a mother's personal point of view as well as a psychologist's point of view. Her and her teenage son both kept journals and many of the journal entries are throughout the book so you can see both sides of situations. The author addresses many of the issues that teen parents think about and then brings to mind many of the topics that parents might not have thought of yet or come across. An easy read. It was very interesting to me. I thought the author did a good job.

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