TEENAGERS: When to Worry and What to Do by Douglas H. Powell

TEENAGERS: When to Worry and What to Do

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A thoughtful book on raising teens and learning to help them cope with their problems, written by a clinical psychiatrist. Powell discusses various phases in teen-age emotional growth, and shows the difference between normal and abnormal behavior. Raising teens can be a trying time for their parents, especially when parents question the normalcy of their kids' behavior. Through case studies, Powell presents typical situations with normal and abnormal behaviors, and then offers ways of recognizing the difference, and taking it from there. His analyses of adolescent behavior are insightful, his suggestions sensible. Some of the areas covered are: underachievement at school, moodiness (with a separate discussion of suicide), eating disorders, drug abuse, and identity crisis. Powell also discusses the effects of teen behavior on parents, and suggests effective ways of dealing with pressure spots. Intuition should not be ignored, he says, and he provides many encouraging and useful tips. For parents of teens (who need all the help they can get), a useful, intelligent guide.

Pub Date: June 6th, 1986
Publisher: Doubleday