Using Literature To Help Troubled Teenagers Cope With Health Issues

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Today, traditional illnesses and high risk behaviors of adolescents have become interrelated through the multitude of physical, social and emotional changes young people experience. Good literature which gives adolescents the truth has incredible power to heal and to renew. This reference resource provides a link for teachers, media specialists, parents, and other adults to those novels that can help adolescents struggling with health issues. Educators and therapists explore novels where common health issues are ...

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Overview

Today, traditional illnesses and high risk behaviors of adolescents have become interrelated through the multitude of physical, social and emotional changes young people experience. Good literature which gives adolescents the truth has incredible power to heal and to renew. This reference resource provides a link for teachers, media specialists, parents, and other adults to those novels that can help adolescents struggling with health issues. Educators and therapists explore novels where common health issues are addressed in ways to captivate teens. Using fictional characters, these experts provide guidance on encouraging adolescents to cope while improving their reading and writing skills.

With the advancement in medicine, traditional types of health issues such as birth defects, cancer, and sensory impairment have shifted to more behavior related problems such as depression, alcoholism, and eating disorders. All of these issues and others are examined from both a literary and psychological perspective in thirteen chapters that explore health issues through fiction. Each chapter confronts a different health issue and is written by a literature specialist who has teamed up with a therapist. In each novel, these experts define the central character's struggle in coming to terms with an issue and growing in response to their difficulties. Annotated bibliographies of other works, both fiction and nonfiction, explore these same issues give readers insight into helping teenagers with similar problems, and provide the tools with which to get teenagers reading and addressing these problems.

Today, traditional illnesses and high risk behaviors of adolescents have become interrelated through the multitude of physical, social and emotional changes young people experience. Good literature which gives adolescents the truth has incredible power to heal and to renew. This reference resource provides a link for teachers, media specialists, parents, and other adults to those novels that can help adolescents struggling with health issues. Educators and therapists explore novels where common health issues are addressed in ways to captivate teens. Using fictional characters, these experts provide guidance on encouraging adolescents to cope while improving their reading and writing skills.

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA
This professional resource is part of a six-volume series dealing with high risk adolescent behavior as teens address family issues, identity concerns, social problems, health concerns, abuse problems, and issues surrounding death and dying. Bowman organizes her book into thirteen thematic chapters. Each chapter contains information on a book that touches on a particular health-related issue, such as Rodman Philbrick's Freak the Mighty (Scholastic, 1993/VOYA April 1994), which is used in the chapter dealing with birth defects. Following a discussion of the book and its relevance are suggestions for school counselors, strategies for the teacher, and possible follow-up activities for the students. Other recommended readings and useful audiovisual materials also are suggested, with brief annotations as well as full citations of the references used. Most of the materials cited were published in the 1980s and 1990s and should be widely available. Recipient of the first James Britton Award for Inquiry in Language Arts, Bowman has done an excellent job of pulling this volume together. Her contributors obviously are skilled in their fields and write intelligently in a conversational style without omitting the scholarly details needed in source notes and bibliographies. The index to this volume is rich and detailed. Notes on contributors are included following the index. This resource is definitely a worthwhile purchase for high school, college, and public libraries. Index. Biblio. Source Notes. Further Reading. 2000, Greenwood, 336p. PLB . Ages Adult. Reviewer: Debbie Earl SOURCE: VOYA, June 2001 (Vol. 24, No. 2)
School Library Journal
Each chapter in this excellent resource highlights one or two core-reading selections supported by strong pedagogical rationale. The first chapter addresses birth defects and disabilities focusing on Rodman Philbrick's Freak the Mighty. Included are sections about the book's literary attributes, a synopsis of the plot and characters, strategies for teaching and counseling, follow-up activities for students, an annotated list of approximately 30 recommended titles (both fiction and nonfiction), and references. Each chapter is written by a different teacher/therapist team and includes a similar discussion on topics such as blindness and deafness, disabilities, cancer, diabetes, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, clinical depression, eating disorders, HIV/ AIDS, alcoholism, and Alzheimer's. Featured titles include Michael Dorris's Sees Behind Trees, Gary Paulsen's Tracker, Chris Crutcher's Ironman, Steven Levenkron's The Best Little Girl in the World, Fran Arrick's What You Don't Know Can Kill You, Jan Cheripko's Imitate the Tiger, and Norma Klein's Going Backwards. Cross-referencing is aided by an extensive index, and profiles of each contributor conclude the volume.-Mary R. Hofmann, Rivera Middle School, Merced, CA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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Traditional illnesses and highrisk behaviors of adolescents have often been addressed in novels where health issues are used to educate and engross teens: Using Literature to Help Troubled Teenagers Cope with Health Issues provides annotated bibliographies of works both fiction and nonfiction which explore issues relating to teen health, providing parents and educators with reviews which include student comments about the plots.
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Meet the Author

CYNTHIA ANN BOWMAN is Assistant Professor of English Education at Florida State University.

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Table of Contents

Series Foreword

Foreword

Freak the Mighty: Birth Defects and Disability in a Literary Friendship by Kathleen Carico and Paula Stanley

Izzy, Willy-Nilly: Issues of Disability for Adolescents and Their Families by Cynthia Ann Bowman and Phyllis A. Gordon

Bridging the Alone Space: Fiction for Young People with Sensory Impairments by Kim McCullum-Clark and Kelsey Backels

Tracking Adolescents Responses to Cancer by Jim Powell and Nancy Lafferty

Normalcy Was All She Wanted: LEarning to Live with Diabetes by Sue F. Johnson and Claire J. Dandeneau

Focusing Our Attention: Reading about ADHD by A. Lee Williams and Albert Scott

The Friends: Promoting Adolescent Mental Health through Awareness and Literature by Karen L. Ford and Charlene Alexander

The Craziness Within and the Craziness Without: Depression and Anger in Ironman by John Noell Moore and David William Hartman

Dying to be Thin: Eating Disorders in Young Adult Literature by Patricia P. Kelly and Marshall D. Tessnear

Reading Anorexia in Nell's Quilt by Nancy Mellin McCracken and Jan Carli

Conquering Alcoholism in Imitate the Tiger by Margaret Ford and Danna Bozick

HIV/AIDS: What You Don't Know Can Kill You by Nancy Prosenjak, Laura Sullivan and Diane Hartman

Going Backwards: A Family Systems View of Alzheimer's by Joyce Graham and Scott Johnson

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