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From body cutting to Columbine, the plight of today's adolescents is often front-page news. How can the church begin to understand the root causes of this turmoil? What can be done?

In Hurt, Chap Clark writes that today's adolescents operate within an environment in which adults have largely abdicated their responsibility to mold and shape teenagers' everyday lives. As a result, the behaviors once associated with the adolescent fringe—sexual promiscuity, for example—have become the norm in contemporary youth culture.

Clark, who spent six months as a participant-observer at a north Los Angeles County public school, applies a broad ethnomethodological approach to understanding contemporary adolescent life. He argues that the social and relational turmoil of the 1960s set in motion a chain of events that left many adults unable to cope with the demands of life. Adolescents, a group much in need of parental guidance, were a prime casualty of this development. The rejection of adolescents by adults, Clark writes, "is the root of the fragmentation and calloused distancing that are the hallmarks of adolescent culture."

After examining the changing face of adolescence, Clark maps the landscape of everyday teen life—looking at the issues, problems, and challenges endemic to youth culture. A final section suggests a way out, offering strategies to stem the tide of abandonment running rampant in our culture.

This provocative and disturbing account of contemporary adolescent culture will be a valuable addition to college and seminary courses, and it can be read with profit by youth ministry workers, counselors, pastors, parents, and anyone concerned about the youth of today. It is the first book in the new Youth, Family, and Culture series.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801027321
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/1/2004
  • Series: Youth, Family, and Culture
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 8.92 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Chap Clark (Ph.D., University of Denver) is associate professor of youth, family, and culture at Fuller Theological Seminary, where he also serves as director of the Student Leadership Project and Institute of Youth Ministry. He has a wide background in Young Life, Youth Specialties, and pastoral ministry and is the author of over ten books.

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Table of Contents

1 The changing face of adolescence 23
2 Abandonment - the defining issue for contemporary adolescents 39
3 The world beneath 57
4 Peers 73
5 School 87
6 Family 102
7 Sports 113
8 Sex 122
9 Busyness and stress 136
10 Ethics and morality 145
11 The party scene 158
12 What do midadolescents need? 169
13 Five strategies to turn the tide of systemic abandonment 177
App. A Youth ministry in a changing world 185
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  • Posted January 7, 2011

    Definitely Recommend

    This is an excellent read, especially for youth leaders. It was insightful and as objective as possible. However, some solutions Dr. Clark offered are not always tangible or realistic for a busy professional. I also think there should have been some discussion on parenting up to adolescence. For example, as a parent, I think some of the issues he addresses could have been avoided if parents had a greater clarity in what they expect from their children in preadolescence through adulthood.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2005


    Finally. A solid book on Youth. Frankly, there is so much ridiculous stuff that tries to depict youth that it just makes me sick. I'm freshly out of high school (currently a sophomore in college)and someone actually 'gets' what is going on in youth culture. Dr. Clark took time to do solid research on youth culture in today's society. Finally youth workers have adequete information on how to reach kids where they are truly at. THIS IS A MUST READ FOR ANYONE WORKING WITH YOUTH. Please, know there culture and what they are facing before you get too involved with kids lives or you can unintentionally hurt them. 5 stars no doubt

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