Almost Grown: Launching Your Child from High School to College

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1998 - Education - 244 pages
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Almost Grown is a guide for parents to the final years of high school and first years of college, offering intelligent counsel not only in practical issues such as developing a college search plan or handling questions of money, sex, and substance abuse, but also in the psychological issues that arise during this family transition. Writing as both psychologist and parent, Patricia Pasick tackles the key question of how mothers and fathers can foster adolescents' growth and autonomy while maintaining family connections and stability. She also explores the unexpected: the impact of the changing family on younger siblings, the benefits and frustrations of college students' returning home, the challenges and opportunities that nontraditional families face, and more.

Pasick delves into another critical yet underplayed aspect of the college transition: how parents' lives change. Almost Grown guides readers through this major step in adult development and new start to adult partnerships.

Almost Grown contains advice from high school and college admissions counselors across the country and, at the heart of the book, stories of personal experience from parents and adolescents who are making, or have made, the transition.
 

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Contents

ADOLESCENTS FROM
3
SURVIVING THE COLLEGE SEARCH
38
FINDING A COLLEGE SEARCH PROCESS THAT WORKS
65
PARENTS EXPERIENCE OF THE TRANSITION yEARS
86
PARENTING THE LATE ADOLESCENT
116
THE LAUNCH 142
142
THE FRESHMANyEAR EXPERIENCE
168
NEW SPACE FOR NEW GROWTH
199
NOTES
229
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Patricia Pasick, M.Ed., Ph.D., is a family therapist and clinical psychologist in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and teaches at the Fielding Institute. She is married and has two children, ages 18 and 22.

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