The Silent Cry: Teen Suicide and Self-Destructive Behaviors

The Silent Cry: Teen Suicide and Self-Destructive Behaviors

by Joan Esherick, Mary Ann McDonnell, Bridgemohan
     
 

Sixteen-year-old Draven dresses like the un-dead. Thirteen-year-old Kirsten slices her thighs. Fifteen-year-old Jamal rides BMX bikes in competition. What do these teens have in common? They are all taking risks. Though many teens seek independence and thrills through activities that can harm them, risk-taking in adolescence does not have to be self-destructive.

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Sixteen-year-old Draven dresses like the un-dead. Thirteen-year-old Kirsten slices her thighs. Fifteen-year-old Jamal rides BMX bikes in competition. What do these teens have in common? They are all taking risks. Though many teens seek independence and thrills through activities that can harm them, risk-taking in adolescence does not have to be self-destructive. This book takes an honest look at the five most self-destructive adolescent behaviors: substance abuse, risky sex, self-injury, eating disorders, and suicide. Causes, consequences, and treatment options are examined, and the final chapter provides healthy less-risky alternatives teens can take to accomplish their independence-seeking goals. Sidebars, easy-to-understand statistics, and real-life case studies make this an informative, interesting read for teens who seek to understand high-risk behaviors, their consequences, and how to avoid them.

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School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-While not as well written or as engaging as other titles in the series, these three books do address important topics. Presented with a blend of straightforward facts and personal vignettes, the texts are accessible and logically organized. Balancing looks at a variety of anxiety-producing situations and gives teens suggestions for dealing with stress in their lives. Esherick describes the body's physical reaction to stress, using words and images that young people can easily understand. Dead addresses the myths and dangers of making sleep a low priority in a teen's life. While avoiding sleep deprivation can be as simple as reordering one's priorities, the author also points out that the problem can be the result of physical or mental illness. Silent looks at teen suicide, eating disorders, risky sexual behaviors, and self-injury. It is designed to help teens identify the difference between normal risk-taking and actions that could be life-threatening. The first-person vignettes are eerily frightening and moving. All three titles use a mix of realistic, full-color photographs and cartoon graphics to illustrate major points. These volumes will serve as useful introductory resources for teens, but need to be supplemented with class discussion and other informative materials.-Wendy Smith-D'Arezzo, Loyola College, Baltimore, MD Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590848517
Publisher:
Mason Crest Publishers
Publication date:
01/28/2005
Series:
Science of Health Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
6.60(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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