Teen Esteem: A Self-Direction Manual for Young Adults

Teen Esteem: A Self-Direction Manual for Young Adults

by Pat Palmer, Melissa A. Froehner
     
 

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Depression, violence, pressures to succeed, eating disorders -- being a teenager seems more difficult with every generation. Confronted daily with demands from parents, teachers, and peers, teens have to have refusal skills and positive attitudes to meet the challenges of life in a world which requires them to grow up before their time.

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Overview

Depression, violence, pressures to succeed, eating disorders -- being a teenager seems more difficult with every generation. Confronted daily with demands from parents, teachers, and peers, teens have to have refusal skills and positive attitudes to meet the challenges of life in a world which requires them to grow up before their time.

Without patronizing or lecturing, Teen Esteem helps teenagers develop the skills needed to handle peer pressure, substance abuse, sexual expression, and more. The second edition includes new material on avoiding violence, healthy ways to deal with anger (in oneself and in others), and being "safely assertive."

Teen Esteem is for: every teenager who is being told to "just say no"; parents; school teachers and counselors; youth workers; family therapists.

Editorial Reviews

Muskoka Advance
It's written...in a direct, positive and useful manner which I think could really help a young person struggling to make sense of the world and their place in it.
Youthworker Update
...helps build in teenagers 'both refusal skills and positive attitudes to meet the challenges of life as not-quite-adults' -- peer pressure, substance abuse, sexual expression, etc.
Skidmore Voices
The authors worked closely with teenagers when writing this book, and they use real-life situations to illustrate the strategies that will help them control their lives.
Work & Family Life newsletter
Dr. Palmer's advice is calm and nonjudgmental. She doesn't lecture to her readers.
Internet Bookwatch
Now in an updated and expanded second edition, Teen Esteem is a superbly written self-direction manual designed specifically for young adults on how to successfully negotiate their teen years as they mature into competent, healthy, emotionally well grounded adults. Readers are presented with useful skills enabling them to relax and have fun (including natural highs), experience and express gratitude, and create dreams for their future; develop safe ways to deal with anger; set goals and learn how to ask for what they want; learn how not to be manipulated and refuse peer pressure in bad situations. Pat Palmer and Melissa Froehner successfully collaborate to help young adults access the life-changing power of responsible self-esteem with a "user friendly" text laced with decision-making hints, engaging illustrations and true-life anecdotes. Teen Esteem is practical, informative, inspiring, life-enhancing reading.
From the Publisher

Teen Esteem explores ways for young people to develop the skills they will need to navigate the treacherous waters of the teenage years...an excellent starting point for conversations, and constructive problem solving skills teamed with practical, helpful exercises that give teens the tools they need to make important decisions, and then stand by them.”
East Oregonian

“...a thoughtful guide and excellent gift for anyone about to join the ranks of teenagerdom.”
Wisconsin Bookwatch, February 2011

Teen Esteem is a guide for teens who want to stay in control of their lives during a time of sweeping changes... new responsibilities, fear for the future, sexuality, and the evils of the world. Teen Esteem(is) a powerful tool in this battle.”
Library Bookwatch, September 2010

“It's written...in a direct, positive and useful manner which I think could really help a young person struggling to make sense of the world and their place in it.”
Muskoka Advance, Ontario, Canada

“...helps build in teenagers 'both refusal skills and positive attitudes to meet the challenges of life as ‘not-quite-adults’—peer pressure, substance abuse, sexual expression, etc.”
Youthworker Update

“...a wonderful book...a discovery book.”
Star Tribune, Minneapolis, MN

“The authors worked closely with teenagers when writing this book, and they use real-life situations to illustrate the strategies that will help them control their lives.”
Skidmore Voices

“Dr. Palmer's advice is calm and nonjudgmental. She doesn't lecture to her readers.”
Work & Family Life newsletter

“Adults will welcome its informed perspective on ways teens can take charge of their lives by nurturing healthy self-esteem and making choices crucial to self-actualization.”
Jean Kozlowski, Cricket in the Corner, Virtual North Woods, www.vnw.org

“I was surprised... I'd read most of it without even realizing it! The book is impressive.”
A.P., age 17

VOYA - Kristin Fletcher-Spear
This self-help guide has plenty of platitudes and advice on gaining self-confidence. It covers many topics, such as respect, goals, assertiveness, anger management, saying no, manipulation, and decision making, in short, manageable doses. The text is broken up by call-out sections, bullet points, and teens' stories. The goal of this book is to give teens ways to develop positive attitudes and "refusal skills" that will help them deal with bullying, peer pressure, drugs, and sex. The book ends with selected readings broken down into categories for teens and adults, as well as Web site resources and phone hotlines. Starting with the dedication, this reads like a book assigned for a self-improvement retreat—a little too optimistic and "You can do it!" for many teens. The tone is nonjudgmental but has a teacher/guidance counselor voice. For example, the section on bullying first says to tell an adult—teens already know they should do this but typically do not. School media centers and libraries needing to beef up their teen self-help collections will find its advice sound but will need to hand-sell it to readers. Reviewer: Kristin Fletcher-Spear

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781886230149
Publisher:
Impact Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/28/2000
Edition description:
REVISED
Pages:
97
Product dimensions:
6.01(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.26(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

What People are saying about this

Jean Kozlowski
Jean Kozlowski, Cricket in the Corner, Virtual North Woods, www.vnw.org

Adults will welcome its informed perspective on ways teens can take charge of their lives by nurturing healthy self-esteem and making choices crucial to self-actualization.

Meet the Author

Pat Palmer, EdD, (1928-2015) was a psychologist and former director of the Assertiveness Training Institute of Denver. She counseled adults and young people throughout the U.S. in the areas of assertiveness and self-esteem and was author of several bestselling children's books on the subject. Her books are widely translated, and particularly popular in the U.S. and Japan.

Melissa Alberti Froehner, B.A., is a businesswoman, writer, and mother of three who has worked extensively with young people.

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