The Inside Story on Teen Girls: Experts Answer Teens' Questions

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What would happen if you gathered 1,100 teen girls along with their parents, friends, teachers and others who work with them, and asked them all to list the most pressing questions they have about living and functioning together in today's complex world?

The answer can be found in a new book, The Inside Story on Teen Girls (American Psychological Association/APA LifeTools; May 2002; $12.95 paperback), which reveals the results of an American Psychological Association Task Force ...

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Overview

What would happen if you gathered 1,100 teen girls along with their parents, friends, teachers and others who work with them, and asked them all to list the most pressing questions they have about living and functioning together in today's complex world?

The answer can be found in a new book, The Inside Story on Teen Girls (American Psychological Association/APA LifeTools; May 2002; $12.95 paperback), which reveals the results of an American Psychological Association Task Force Survey on Adolescent Girls. Uniquely designed as a flip book, with one cover side for parents and the other side for teens, this is the perfect, one-stop resource for moms, dads and their teenage daughters to learn more about themselves and each other.

Written by two leading experts in the field, Karen Zager, Ph.D., and Alice Rubenstein, Ed.D., the book offers answers to the most common questions out of the 6,000 compiled in the survey. Regardless of racial, ethnic, religious and economic backgrounds, Zager and Rubenstein found that most parents and their teens had very similar problems and concerns. While they acknowledge that there is no simple "one-size-fits-all" answer to any of the questions, they hope that the multiple answers they provide will help parents and teens make the best choices for their situations. The end of each chapter provides "Hot Tips" for bridging the parent-teen gap.

Combining their own expertise with that of a panel of almost 50 other top psychologists, the authors give practical information and advice on issues, such as:

PARENTS ASK:

  • How can I listen without judging my daughter?
  • Why can't she ever think for herself?
  • How do I keep our conversations from becoming shouting matches?
  • Is it OK that my daughter no longer wants to spend time at home with the family?
  • How do I encourage my daughter to be more self-motivated?
  • How do I know if my daughter is in trouble or simply "being a teenager"?
  • How much sexual knowledge is too much? Too little?

TEENS ASK:

  • Am I normal?
  • Why is it so hard to "fit in"?
  • My parents just don't listen. How can I talk to them?
  • What's happening to my body?
  • Why does it seem that all boys want is sex?
  • How do I find the time to do it all (homework, chores, sports, activities, dating, etc)?
  • Are all families this difficult to live with?

The Inside Story on Teen Girls will help guide parents through the complex maze of parenting an adolescent girl, and likewise help teen girls navigate their own turbulent lives. I hope you will feature this innovative and informative book in your May issue and will call you soon to discuss.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Psychologists Zager and Rubenstein forged a literary partnership after participating in an APA task force on adolescent girls. They surveyed 1,100 parents, educators and teens, asking their concerns about adolescent girls. The result is a book that speaks to both teens and parents. Designed so that one cover opens to a section for parents and, flipped over, the other cover opens to a section for teens, the book treats the most common questions surrounding parenting and adolescent development. Each of the major sections begins with a letter written by a member of the target group (a parent or a teen), and each chapter ends with hot tips. This approach makes for a comprehensive guide to building healthy parent-teen relations and handling the tough times that accompany adolescent years. Among the parenting topics: disciplining with dignity, managing rebellion and parenting through divorce. The teen topics include romantic relationships, low self-esteem and handling schoolwork. Zager and Rubenstein also provide guidelines for what behaviors should be expected when. With advice gathered from observation, the authors caution parents about the pitfalls of raising girls without solid paternal contact. They also admonish parents against laissez-faire parenting, reminding them that children need boundaries and even crave them. The teen advice on dealing with weight and body image, exploring sexuality and accepting or rejecting gender roles is especially strong. Zager and Rubenstein adroitly delve into the minds of parents and teens, and their book will surely inspire harmonious relationships within families. (May) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557988928
  • Publisher: American Psychological Association
  • Publication date: 1/28/2002
  • Series: APA LifeTools Series
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 454
  • Sales rank: 1,393,826
  • Product dimensions: 4.88 (w) x 8.26 (h) x 1.23 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
About the Authors
Introduction
1 Why Is She So Difficult to Deal With? Understanding and Communicating With Adolescent Girls 3
2 Why Can't She Ever Think for Herself? Adolescent Girls and Their Peer Group 55
3 Will I Ever Stop Worrying About Her? The Vulnerabilities of Adolescent Girls 93
4 How Can I Help Her Feel Good About Herself? Building Strength and Resiliency in Adolescent Girls 147
5 How Will She Ever Become an Independent Woman? Helping Adolescent Girls Prepare for the Future 179
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