Teen Esteem: A Self-Direction Manual for Young Adults

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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.

Without patronizing or lecturing, Teen Esteem helps teenagers develop the skills needed to handle peer pressure, substance abuse, sexual ...

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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.

Provides guidance on developing self-esteem and the positive attitude necessary to cope with such adolescent challenges as peer pressure, substance abuse, and sexual expression.

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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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781886230149
  • Publisher: Impact Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 97
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.01 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.26 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction vii

Chapter 1 What Do You Want From Life? (Your Goals) 1

Chapter 2 Your Right to Be Yourself (Your Rights) 5

Chapter 3 R-E-S-P-E-C-T (Liking Yourself) 11

Chapter 4 What if I'm Different? (Masks We Wear) 21

Chapter 5 "Are You Having Fun Yet?" (Feeling Good) 37

Chapter 6 Listen Up! (Assertiveness) 45

Chapter 7 When You Get So Mad (Dealing with Anger) 55

Chapter 8 Asking For It (Making Requests) 63

Chapter 9 "Just Say No....Yeah, Right" (Refusal Skills) 67

Chapter 10 "C'mon Baby...You Know You Want To!" (Avoiding Manipulation) 77

Chapter 11 Not To Decide Is To Decide (Choices and Decision Making) 87

Chapter 12 Taking Charge (Freedom & Responsibility) 97

Selected Reading 105

Web Resources 111

Index 113

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