The current generation of adolescents are experiencing more
stressful and/or negative experiences at an earlier age in their
development than previous generations. The consequence is that more
and more teenagers are becoming casualties of drug abuse, juvenile
delinquency, and mental illness. In this book, George R. Holmes
provides care-givers and parents with specific tactics to move
teenagers successfully through adolescence.
The prevention of adolescent casualties is accomplished by the
practice of three major prevention strategies. The first provides a
clear understanding of the complex changes adolescents experience
with what Holmes calls a map of the territory called adolescence.
The second involves a set of interpersonal prescriptions or ways to
communicate with teens that have proven usefulness. The third
encourages a renaissance in schools serving teenagers by bringing
technology and talent to the classroom in a new way. These
strategies are designed to promote greater levels of social
competency among teenagers. This, in turn, leads to fewer major
emotional problems and a more successful move to adulthood.
Holmes's volume is an important tool for counselors, mental health
professionals, social workers, and others dealing with today's
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