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During the last decade, much research has been done in the field of neuroscience that helps identify and explain teenage behavior based on the anatomy and use of the "teen brain." Results from these studies have helped explain the basic need of teenagers for more sleep, and clarifies why teenagers are more successful in school when they have a later starting time. Feinstein, an associate professor of education, wades through the research to present this concise, easy-to-read parenting guide. Her basic premise is that the teenage brain is fundamentally different from an adult one; in fact, they use different parts of it, with teenagers functioning primarily on an emotional, less logical level. Further discussion involves parenting styles, tactics that work, and special challenges in the teenage life, such as peer relationships, education, and at-risk behaviors. Feinstein's approach is straightforward and readable, providing very clear examples of ways to handle situations and build relationships. Each chapter provides helpful "did you know," "fast facts," and a discussion of "what should parents do." Without a doubt, it is a useful tool for parents and anyone who works closely with teens, helping to put recent research into a workable perspective. The major topics of concern are addressed and touched upon, although parents looking for help in specific areas will need to consult other works that address that topic in more depth. Reviewer: Karen Jensen
April 2008 (Vol. 31, No. 1)
Posted January 19, 2011
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