HOW TO COPE: A New Guide to the Teen-Age Years by Carmel Berman Reingold

HOW TO COPE: A New Guide to the Teen-Age Years

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Teenagers have many, many problems, but the advice they get is almost always the same. Worded about the size of your feet, breasts or penis? Don't, variations are normal. ""Is it true that. . . girls generally manage to keep physically calm and cool?"" No, but ""girls who can cope with their emotions know how to say no in a calm way."" What about pot smoking? ""Many (doctors) feel that marijuana can have an effect on unborn babies. . . . How would you feel about smoking. . . now, only to learn five years later that it can definitely cause birth defects?"" Does your parents' two-car lifestyle bug you? Donate your allowance to charity. The tough questions that can't be answered with a pat on the back or quick lecture seem to have been weeded out and on the average Reingold's answers are not so much wrong as sketchy. But there are many more realistic and complete handbooks on drugs, premarital sex, and even ""happy health rules,"" and both the more conversational tone and higher common sense quotient should guarantee that teenagers with a choice will still prefer to Ask Beth (KR, 1972, p. 684).

Pub Date: March 1st, 1974
Page count: 128pp
Publisher: Franklin Watts