- Parenting your teenager
Author: Elkind, D.
Publisher: New York: Ballantine Books
ABSTRACT: Dr. David Elkind, child psychologiest and author of the renowned child development classic "The Hurried Child," draws on his extensive knowledge of adolescent development to provide practical, sensible advice on all the tough challenges and choices that teenagers and their parents face in the 1990s. A sensitive guide for '90s parents navigates them through the most complex years they face with their children, a time in which rebellion masks self-doubt and fear about such issues as sexuality and peer pressure.
- Parents under siege: Why you are the solution, not the problem in your child's life
Author: Garbarino, J., & Bedard, C.
Publisher: Free Press
ABSTRACT: Stories about violence perpetrated by children and adolescents make the front pages with disturbing regularity. What is less well known is that 10 percent of young people who commit homicides come from sound homes with functioning families. Garbarino and Bedard (coauthors, Lost Boys) probe the so-called "impossible" children those who go awry despite loving, supportive parents ranging from those who make daily life difficult to those who tragically commit murder. The authors combine research and interviews (including interviews with the parents of Dylan Klebold, the Columbine school shooter perhaps the most famous and tragic example of a "difficult" child from a stable home) with statistical analysis to present a startling picture of the changing culture of parenting in America. They offer the consolation that parents are not to blame when things go wrong, and provide some advice on how to intervene early enough to make a difference. Reaching no easy answers, the authors show how the interplay of personal temperament, family involvement and social pressures can create a recipe for children to become unhinged, secretive, disengaged and possibly violent. Though repetitive, dense and hard to follow at points, this book offers a sound theoretical starting point for parents grappling with a difficult child. It also lists many helpful resources, Web sites and groups, along with suggested further reading.
- U of MN Resources and Research on Parenting
Organization: University of Minnesota; firstname.lastname@example.org
ABSTRACT: This website includes research, programs, publications, general information and links on parenting (including fathering, single parenting step-parenting, and more), marriage and couple relationships, work/life integration, divorce, family stress and other related topics.
- Children Now
Organization: Children Now
Type of Site: organization
Contact: Telephone: 510.763.2444; email@example.com
ABSTRACT: Children Now is a nonpartisan, independent voice for America's children. Using innovative research and communications strategies, Children Now promotes pioneering solutions to problems facing America's children. Recognized nationally for its policy expertise, up-to-date information about the status of children, and leading work with the media, Children Now focuses particular attention on the needs of children who are poor or at risk while working to improve conditions for all children by making them a top priority across the nation. Children Now is financed through foundation grants, individual donations, and support from the corporate community.
- KidsHealth: For parents, kids, & teens from the medical experts of The Newmours Foundation
Organization: The Newmours Foundation
Type of Site: organization
ABSTRACT: KidsHealth is one of the largest sites on the Web providing doctor-approved health information about children from before birth through adolescence. Created by The Nemours Foundation Center for Children's Health Media, our mission is to provide the best children's health information on the Internet! Only KidsHealth has separate areas for kids, teens, and parents - each with its own design, age-appropriate content, and tone. There are literally hundreds of in-depth articles and features, and the site continues to grow every week.
- The National Parenting Center
Type of Site: commercial
ABSTRACT: Dedicated to providing parents with comprehensive and responsible guidance from the world's most renowned child-rearing authorities. This site includes a newsletter, a live chat with other parents, and information on how to purchase parenting guides.
- Family as an agent in the education process: A test of a theory of underachievement of African-American adolescents
Author: Taylor, R.
Journal: CEIC Research Brief, No. 105Publisher: National Research Center on Education in the Inner Cities, Philadelphia, PA
ABSTRACT: Objectives of the research project described in this report were to explore the African American adolescents' perceptions of the social forces shaping their lives and well being. The project examined: (1) perceptions and understandings of racial discrimination; (2) their views of the value of schooling and the role of school achievement; (3) their self-perceptions in terms of abilities; (4) the impact of adolescents' ethnic identities on school performance and social adjustment; (5) the influence of peers on adolescents' perceptions of the importance of educational achievement; and (6) adolescents' relationships with their teachers. Parenting styles and parent-child relationships have also been examined. Findings suggest that the more African American students perceive themselves as targets of discrimination, the less they believe that schooling is important, and the more they report symptoms of anxiety and depression. African American adolescents perceive the inequalities that exist in American society, and these perceptions affect their adjustment. Additional research is needed to examine the effects of child-rearing practices common in African American families. Historical and sociological material concerning racism and discrimination in American society should be integrated into instructional material; this could have a positive effect on African American psychological adjustment and school achievement. Additional research with a focus on the African American subculture will help design programs and approaches that can overcome the effects of discrimination and socioeconomic factors.
- Adolescent modeling of parent substance use: The moderating effect of the relationship with the parent
Author: Andrews, J. A., Hops, H., & Duncan, S. C.
Journal: Journal of Family Psychology Volume: 11
ABSTRACT: This study examined a hypothesis derived from social learning theory, that adolescents would be more likely to model the substance use of each parent if they had a relatively good relationship with the parent than if their relationship with that parent was relatively poor. Data from 657 adolescents (51% female; 11 to 15 years of age at the 1st assessment), 357 fathers, and 633 mothers across a 6-year assessment period were used for these analyses. As hypothesized, all adolescents modeled mother's cigarette use and father's marijuana use, older adolescents modeled mother's marijuana use and younger girls and older boys modeled father's alcohol use if they had a relatively good or moderate relationship with that parent but did not model their parent's use if the relationship with that parent was relatively poor. Caution is noted in assuming that relatively good relationships with a parent are always protective.