The African-American Teenagers Guide to Personal Growth, Health, Safety, Sex, and Survival: A Parents and Teenagers Guide to Better Understanding

The African-American Teenagers Guide to Personal Growth, Health, Safety, Sex, and Survival: A Parents and Teenagers Guide to Better Understanding

by Debra Harris-Johnson
     
 

The African-American Teenager’s Guide will answer questions about sex, pregnancy, dating, rape, gangs, homosexuality, friendship, peer pressure and depression. It will teach teens the value of time and responsibility in relation to their family, friends, classmates, teachers, associates and give them information that helps them make the right decisions

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The African-American Teenager’s Guide will answer questions about sex, pregnancy, dating, rape, gangs, homosexuality, friendship, peer pressure and depression. It will teach teens the value of time and responsibility in relation to their family, friends, classmates, teachers, associates and give them information that helps them make the right decisions and handle situations completely on their own. Teens will learn the right way to change frightening situations to enlightening situations and they will be able to establish new ways to organize themselves and handle money matters, including planning, earning and saving toward their college expenses.

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VOYA
Written by a mother and grandmother especially for African American teens, this book is an effort to give direction and focus to young adults who might otherwise engage in dangerous behavior. Beginning with self-esteem issues, subsequent chapters discuss health and grooming, friend and family relationships, safety, study techniques, and career planning. Later chapters deal with cooking, teen parenthood, and homosexuality. The last chapter, "Survival Skills," presents an alphabetical list of items as diverse as bad breath, birth control, and car maintenance. Sections range from single paragraphs to one or two pages with frequent use of bullets and lists. Each subject is treated so briefly that the book could be described as a survey of teen issues. Despite its praiseworthy approach, this self-help book gives no indication that the author writes from any background other than personal experience. Some advice is questionable. For example, for a teen considering suicide, the advice is to "learn and use positive coping skills," and for teens considering whether to become sexually active, the author counsels that it is "a decision only you can make. It is personal." In an effort to be comprehensive, the author treats complicated topics, such as dysfunctional families, drug abuse, violence, and legal arrest, superficially. The idea, too, that African American teens are different from others and require special guidance because of their race is debatable. African American teachers and parents, when shown the book, praise it for its positive approach and wealth of useful advice. African American teenagers, however, call it "uninteresting" but probably useful for someone else. Although the bookmight have a place in the psychology or self-help section of a collection, please examine before buying. Index. Photos. Biblio. VOYA CODES: 3Q 3P S (Readable without serious defects; Will appeal with pushing; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2001, Amber Books, 332p,
— Laura Woodruff

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ISBN-13:
9780965506441
Publisher:
Amber Communications Group, Inc.
Publication date:
06/28/2000
Pages:
330
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.73(d)
Age Range:
12 - 16 Years

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