Using Literature to Help Troubled Teenagers Cope with Family Issues

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Being literate increases a person's chances of enjoying good mental health, but many of today's teenagers come from backgrounds or circumstances that interfere with their literacy development. This unique resource for teachers, librarians, counselors and parents combines the expertise of two professionals: literacy experts and therapists. Together they provide guidance, through the examination and analysis of characters in young adult literature, to those working with troubled teens. Thereby helping professionals...

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Overview

Being literate increases a person's chances of enjoying good mental health, but many of today's teenagers come from backgrounds or circumstances that interfere with their literacy development. This unique resource for teachers, librarians, counselors and parents combines the expertise of two professionals: literacy experts and therapists. Together they provide guidance, through the examination and analysis of characters in young adult literature, to those working with troubled teens. Thereby helping professionals and parents gain insight into the inner workings of teenagers and encourage them to deal with their family issues and emotional problems while improving their reading and writing skills.

A young adult literature expert and a therapist, including such authors as Chris Crutcher and Anne LeMieux, team up for each chapter. They provide possible treatment options for young adult protagonists in popular novels that address issues associated with families. These issues include divorce, parental illness, alcoholism, foster care, eating disorders, gay and lesbian teenagers, and suicide. Readers are provided with the insight into helping teenagers with similar problems, and with the tools to get teenagers reading and addressing their problems. Extensive annotated bibliographies in each chapter help the reader choose the best sources for each particular case.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
This handbook provides excellent therapeutic information with a specific analysis of at least one YA novel for each of the issues presented. Featured titles include Paul Zindel's My Darling, My Hamburger for school and family conflicts, S. E. Hinton's The Outsiders for delinquency, Lucy Frank's I Am an Artichoke for eating disorders, and Nancy Garden's Good Moon Rising for gay and lesbian issues. Each chapter also includes an annotated list of related fiction and nonfiction titles. The introductory section is written by writer/therapist Chris Crutcher, and the subsequent chapters are coauthored by therapists and literacy experts. These professionals provide information on adolescent development and how the psychological, physical, and emotional growth/problems relate to characters in teen novels. A valuable tool to use alone or in conjunction with others in the series.-Jana R. Fine, Clearwater Public Library System, FL Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Booknews
Provides guidance for professionals and parents in helping teenagers understand themselves through examination and analysis of characters in young adult literature. Each chapter addresses a specific problem, providing a synopsis of a story with discussion of possible interventions for the protagonist(s), and recommends further fiction and non-fiction reading. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)
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Meet the Author

JOAN F. KAYWELL is an award-winning Associate Professor of English Education at the University of South Florida.

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Table of Contents

Series Foreword
Preface
Ch. 1 My Three Faces: The Writer, the Therapist, and the Man 1
Ch. 2 Coping with Parental Illness: Family Discord in Ordinary People 17
Ch. 3 Paul Zindel's My Darling, My Hamburger: A Study in School and Family Conflicts 41
Ch. 4 Children of Alcoholics in Shelley Stoehr's Crosses: Teens + Alcoholic Parents = Problems 73
Ch. 5 Delinquency and Family Conflict 99
Ch. 6 When Divorce Comes to Class 119
Ch. 7 Adam and Eve and Pinch-Me: Issues of Adolescents in Foster Care 143
Ch. 8 Eating Disorders in Young Adults' Worlds and Their Literature: Starving and Stuffing Families 165
Ch. 9 Rights of Passage: Preparing Gay and Lesbian Youth for Their Journey into Adulthood 193
Ch. 10 Using Tears of a Tiger for Psychological and Literary Analysis 225
Ch. 11 Using The TV Guidance Counselor to Study Suicide and Its Effect on Families 245
Ch. 12 A Therapeutic Reader's Response to Michael Dorris's A Yellow Raft in Blue Water 273
Author Index 291
Title Index 295
About the Editor and Contributors 301
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