Teen 2.0: Saving Our Children and Families from the Torment of Adolescence

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Linden Publishing, Feb 24, 2010 - Family & Relationships - 500 pages
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Arguing that adolescence is an unnecessary period of life that people are better off without, this groundbreaking study shows that teen confusion and hardships are caused by outmoded systems that were designed to destroy the continuum between childhood and adulthood. Documenting how teens are isolated from adults and are forced to look to their media-dominated peers for knowledge, this discussion contends that by infantilizing young people, society does irrevocable harm to their development and well-being. Instead, parents, teachers, employers, and others must rediscover the adults in young people by giving them authority and responsibility as soon as they exhibit readiness. Teens are highly capable--in some ways more than adults--and this landmark discussion offers paths for reaching and enhancing the competence in America's youth.
 

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Epstein makes great points and must be given credit for speaking against the current paradigm. I found his solutions a bit weak but his analysis spot on. Read full review

The case against adolescence: rediscovering the adult in every teen

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Time to abolish adolescenceso argues Epstein, former editor in chief of Psychology Today and host of the Sirius Satellite Radio show "Psyched!," in this extensive, groundbreaking book. He claims that ... Read full review

Contents

The Capabilities of Young People
145
How We Must Change
313
How Adult Are You?
377
Adult and Teen Competency Scores on the EDTA
382
A Debate About Teen Crime
383
Plato Socrates and Aristotle on Teens
386
Brief Timeline of Teen Restrictions in the United States
388
Resources on Teen Rights
392
Finding the Inner Adult in Your Teen
398
The Young Persons Bill of Rights
412
Notes
413
Readings
501
Index
511
About the Author
536
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Robert Epstein, PhD, is the former editor in chief of Psychology Today, a contributing editor to Scientific American Mind, and the host of the radio show Psyched! A visiting scholar at the University of California–San Diego and former university research professor at the California School of Professional Psychology, he is the founder and director emeritus of the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies and the developer of many parenting, adolescence, and other competency tests. He is the author of many articles and books, including The Big Book of series. He lives in San Diego, California.

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