Reality Gap: Alcohol, Drugs, and Sex--What Parents Don't Know and Teens Aren't Telling

Reality Gap: Alcohol, Drugs, and Sex--What Parents Don't Know and Teens Aren't Telling

by Stephen Wallace


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Reality Gap: Alcohol, Drugs, and Sex--What Parents Don't Know and Teens Aren't Telling by Stephen Wallace

What every parent MUST know…

Growing up isn’t what it used to be—it’s more difficult and more dangerous. Every day, even in “safe” places like school, teens face complicated decisions about personal behavior, involving everything from drinking, to drugs, to sex. Unfortunately, many adults don’t fully grasp the true scope of the perilous world our teens inhabit. Stephen Wallace points out the “reality gap” separating parents and adults from young people at the time they need them most—adolescence—and offers concrete solutions to bridge this gulf.

Grounded in hard-facts with practical, common-sense advice, Reality Gap combines Wallace’s 25-plus years of experience working with young people as a school psychologist, adolescent counselor, camp director, and college professor, and groundbreaking research on adolescent attitudes and behaviors from SADD. Wallace includes concrete suggestions for improving teen-adult communication as well as age-specific “decision-points” before which parents should address various issues with their teen and pre-teen children.

With Wallace’s strong media contacts, professional affiliations, and extensive speaking platform Reality Gap promises to be a go-to book on a vital topic.

Wallace highlights the myths and rationalizations of teens and adults that help fuel the reality gap:

· The myth of improbability: “It’s not going to happen to my kid.”

· The myth of inevitability: “She’s a teenager, of course, she’s going to drink.”

· The myth of irrelevancy: “I’m the parent, he’s not going to listen to me.”

· The myth of invincibility: “I’m young, I’m healthy, I’m not going to get hurt.”

· The myth of immunity: “Even if I get caught, I’ll get out of it.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781402753046
Publisher: Union Square Press
Publication date: 08/05/2008
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Stephen Wallace has served as Chairman and CEO of SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) since 1995. He directs the SADD Teens Today research project and speaks frequently to young people, their families, and professional groups (including the National Association of School Psychologists, the National Association of Secondary School Principals, the Independent School Health Association, and the American Camp Association) about youth development and decision-making. He was honored by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy in July 2006 as a leader in drug and alcohol education and prevention and often serves as a national spokesperson for their public awareness campaigns. In February 2008, Wallace was given a national award by the American Camp Association for “being a tireless and passionate advocate for youth and the camp movement.”

Table of Contents

Prologue     ix
A Note from the Author     xv
Defining the Reality Gap: All May Not Be What it Seems     1
Epidemic     19
Risky Business     75
Hormones and Hobgoblins     107
Conspiracy of Silence     155
Weapons of Mass Persuasion     183
What They Learn from Us     201
Breaking Down Barriers     219
Communication Counts     245
Reason to Believe     273
Epilogue-Lessons Learned     293
Acknowledgments     297
Resources     299
Index     304
About the Author     318

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