Optimistic Child: Proven Program to Safeguard Children from Depression & Build Lifelong Resistance

Optimistic Child: Proven Program to Safeguard Children from Depression & Build Lifelong Resistance

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Optimistic Child: Proven Program to Safeguard Children from Depression & Build Lifelong Resistance by Martin E. Seligman, Jane Gillham, Lisa Jaycox, Karen Reivich

Despite the increased focus on self-esteem over the past three decades, depression in children has continued to grow, now affecting a quarter of all kids today. To combat this trend, Dr. Seligman began the Penn Depression Prevention Project, the first long term study aimed at 8 to 12 year olds. His findings were revolutionary, proving that children can be against depression by being taught how to challenge their pessimistic thoughts.

The Optimistic Child offers parents and teachers the tools developed in this study to teach children of all ages life skills that transform helplessness into mastery and bolster self-esteem. Learning the skills of optimism not only reduces the risk of depression but boosts school performance, improves physical health, and provides children with the self-reliance they need as they approach the teenage years and beyond. world of optimists is a bigger world, a world of more possibilities, says Seligman. Filled with practical advice and written in clear, helpful language, this book is an invaluable resource for caregivers who want to open up this world for their children.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060977092
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/28/1996
Pages: 299
Product dimensions: 5.36(w) x 8.02(h) x 0.84(d)

About the Author

Martin E. Seligman is Kogod Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and past president of the division of clinical psychology of the American Psychological Association. He lives in Wynnewood, PA.

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Optimistic Child 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Through a series of studies and test groups, Seligman has developed a program to 'innoculate' at-risk children from depression. In The Optimistic Child, Seligman reveals his program whereby children can learn to question their own negative thoughts and de-catastrophize situations in order to better resolve problems. Self-esteem is learned not through meaningless feel-good phrases but through 'mastery' and genuine praise appropriately scaled for the situation. Although Seligman's program is meant for the pre-teen set, a section at the end gives advice for parents of younger children. This book will be a great resource for any parent and is easy to read and apply.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My husband has been diagnosed with long-term depression and I was very fearful it would become genetic, as his father was also severely depressed and for long term. I was beginning to see some of the signs in my 5 yr old son and bought this book, hoping to help my son. After 4 chapters, I could see that this book would help tremendously! It seemed that following the advice of so many so-called experts wasn't helping, the build the self-esteem theory. Dr. Seligman seems to be dead on the money with his advice regarding allowing the kids to build their own self-esteem! If I can get my husband to read it, I am hoping it will give him some self-awareness to begin healing himself.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book changed my life. I've bought so many copies to give to others and recommended it to countless others because it's that good. Originally, I bought my first copy because the title intrigued me, and I thought my son needed a little optimism. But as usually happens when you try to improve others, you end up finding out things about yourself you never realized. The Optimistic Child provides the reader with an easy-to-follow approach for changing the negative, self-defeating thoughts that cause depression into rational, self-empowering assessments. It's easy to read, and its methods are easy to implement and very effective.
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Busy__Mom More than 1 year ago
depression and anxiety run in my family, and I wanted to try to avoid seeing it move on to my kids, so I went to parentsdigest to peruse summaries to find a good book to help us out. I found great information in this one - lots of information and helpful tips and advice