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2006
 
Adolescent Risk Behaviors : Why Teens Experiment and Strategies to Keep Them Safe (Current Perspectives in Psychology)
by David A. Wolfe, Peter G. Jaffe, Claire V. Crooks; May 2006; ISBN 0300110804
This book focuses on the crucial role that relationships play in the lives of teenagers.  The authors particularly examine the ways that healthy relationships can help teens avoid such common risk behaviors as substance abuse, dating violence, sexual assault, and unsafe sexual practices. Addressing the current lack of effective prevention programs for teens, they present new strategies for encouraging healthy choices. The book first traces differences between the “rules of relating” for boys and girls and discusses typical and atypical patterns of experimentation in teens. The authors identify the common link among risk behaviors: the relationship connection. In the second part of the book, they examine the principles of successful programs used by schools and communities to cultivate healthy adolescent development. An illuminating conclusion describes the key ingredients for engaging adolescents, their parents, teachers, and communities in the effort to promote healthy, nonviolent relationships among teens.
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Ergonomics for Children: Designing Products and Places for Toddlers to Teens
by Rani Lueder and Valerie Rice; December 2006; ISBN 0415304741
Many factors, including concern about the impact of computers on children, a growing emphasis on injuries resulting from poorly designed products, and an increase in litigation involving child product safety, continue to shift attention toward the specific needs of children. Child Ergonomics emphasizes design implications for addressing these issues and for accommodating the objectives associated with providing safe and effective child environments. The book also assists designers, parents, and teachers in evaluating existing product environments and developing educational programs. Ergonomists, industrial designers, architects, and educators will find this information invaluable.
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Working with Children and Adolescents : An Evidence-Based Approach to Risk and Resilience
by Elena Garralda; June 2006; ISBN 0765704439
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Adolescents and Risk : Behaviors, Functions and Protective Factors
by Silvia Bonino and Elena Cattelino; September 2005; ISBN 8847002907
The volume provides a substantial contribution to the understanding of adolescent risk behavior, informative and useful for both scientists and practitioners. The chapters deal with each of the key risk behaviors that are of concern at this developmental stage: tobacco smoking, alcohol use, marijuana and other drugs use, precocious and unprotected sexual behavior, eating disorders, risky behavior, risky driving, deviant and antisocial behavior. The book combines theoretical analysis and the findings of a wide research project, where the multiple contexts in the ecology of daily adolescent life have been considered. The data are based on large normative samples and the presentation of findings is very accessible, relying throughout on graphic representation rather than statistical tables. The book describes the different risk behaviors, shows the linkages between them, and explains the functions served by the various risk behaviors or the meanings they may have for the adolescent. It examines how they vary with age, sex, and other demographic characteristics, and demonstrates the influential role the theoretical risk factors and protective factors play in adolescent risk behavior involvement. The research findings not only strengthen the theory, but serve as an important guide to the design of intervention efforts to prevent or reduce adolescent involvement in risk behavior. The authors emphasize the need to strengthen protective factors that can promote positive development, and the need to provide opportunities for behaviors that can serve the same purposes as risk behaviors do, but without compromising health and development. This is the key challenge for all western contemporary societies.
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APLS: The Pediatric Emergency Medicine Resource, Fourth Edition
by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Emergency Physicians; January 2005; ISBN 0763733164
APLS is an educational tool kit that has helped thousands of emergency physicians and pediatricians to improve the quality of care they provide to infants and children with emergency conditions.
The textbook/reference offers the current information for assessing and caring for critically ill and injured children during the first few hours in the emergency department office setting.
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The Best You Can Be: A Teen's Guide to Fitness and Nutrition (Science of Health Youth and Well Being)
by Christopher Hovius; January 2005; ISBN 1590848489
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Breathe Easy!: A Teen's Guide to Allergies and Asthma (Science of Health Youth and Well Being)
by Jean Ford; January 2005; ISBN 159084842X
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Building Early Intervention Teams: Working Together for Children and Families (Excellence in Practice Series.)
by Margaret H. Briggs; May 2005; ISBN 094448008X
Text on establishing, maintaining, and building early intervention teams that serve young children with special needs and their families, for therapists or social workers dealing with at-risk children.
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Children's Health: International Historical Perspectives
by Cheryl Krasnick Warsh and Veronica Strong-Boag, Editors; May 2005; ISBN 0889204748
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Conquering Your Child's Chronic Pain : A Pediatrician's Guide for Reclaiming a Normal Childhood
by Lonnie K. Zeltzer, MD and Christina Blackett Schlank; January 2005; ISBN 0060570172
A book for laypeople on chronic pain in children
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Diabetes-Free Kids : A Take-Charge Plan for Preventing and Treating Type-2 Diabetes in Children
by Sheri Colberg and Mary Friesz; June 2005; ISBN 1583332219
A book that addresses the burgeoning epidemic of type 2 diabetes among children and provides parents with an action plan for halting it. Exercise physiologist Sheri Colberg and nutritionist Mary Friesz lay out a clear plan for diet and exercise that will get even the pickiest eaters to enjoy healthier yet satisfying meals and snacks, and will motivate the most sedentary children to start moving.
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The Everything Parent's Guide to the Overweight Child: Help Your Child Lose Weight, Develop Healthy Eating Habits, and Build Self-confidence (Everything: Parenting and Family)
by Paula Ford-Martin; May 2005; ISBN 1593373112
If your child is overweight, he's not alone. According to the American Obesity Association, more than 30 percent of children ages 6 to 19 are now overweight. And half of those children are obese. You're worried about your child's health-and don't know what to do. Is your child's weight due to overeating? Lack of exercise? Genetics? This book provides you with valuable insight on what causes children to become overweight and how to help them to change their eating habits and become more physically active. Most important, you'll learn what you can do to break the cycle of obesity that can lead to severe medical problems in the future. This book will helps prevent emotional overeating, increase family awareness and sensitivity Beat fat and calories when dining out, incorporate physical activity into everyday routines, and track progress with journal entry pages. The book also provides the professional advice you need to deal with this sensitive issue, motivating your child to eat well, get active, and stay healthy.
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Family Pharmacist, The : An A-Z Guide to Children's Illnesses and Medications
by Lisa Chavis; March 2005; ISBN 0399530754
A leading pharmacist gives concerned parents quick, straightforward, and accurate answers on assessing their child's medical condition, deciding when to see a doctor, dosage and safety recommendations for over-the-counter and prescription medicines, and determining what natural choices are available.
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A Generation at Risk : The Global Impact of HIV/AIDS on Orphans and Vulnerable Children
by John G. Williamson, Geoff Foster, Carol Levine, Editors; September 2005; ISBN 0521652642
A Generation at Risk brings up-to-date and insightful perspectives from experienced practitioners and researchers on how a better future can be secured for the millions of children who are being orphaned or made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS. The current situation of these children is grim, and while there has been significant action in the last few years by governments, international organizations, religious bodies, and nongovernmental organizations, the vast majority of children made vulnerable by AIDS have not benefited from any assistance from beyond their own extended family and community. A Generation at Risk explains in straightforward terms what is required to fill this gap. The book addresses what needs to be done in the areas of education, community mobilization and capacity building, economic strengthening at household and community levels, psychosocial support, and the protection of children and the fulfillment of their rights.
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Handbook of Pediatric Nutrition, Third Edition
by Patricia Samour; May 2005; ISBN 0763783560
The author details aspects of normal pediatric nutrition and growth and therapeutic pediatric nutrition in this reference for pediatric practitioners. This second edition has new chapters on nutrition in cardiac disease and nutrition counseling, and information on the use of alternative and complementary medicine is included. Appendices of charts, measurements, and guidelines have also been expanded.
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Juvenile Diabetes (Health Alert)
by Johannah Haney; January 2005; ISBN 0761417982
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Measles And Rubella (Diseases and Disorders)
by Barbara Saffer; August 2005; ISBN 1590184106
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Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnoses of Gifted Children and Adults: ADHD, Bipolar, OCD, Asperger's, Depression, and Other Disorders
by James T. Webb, Edward R. Amend, Nadia E. Webb, Jean Goerss, Paul Beljan, and F. Richard Olenchak; January 2005; ISBN 0910707677
If one is to ascertain whether behaviors are due to a disorder or whether they are part of the condition we call giftedness, it is first necessary to know something about the behaviors associated with gifted children and adults.
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The OASIS Guide to Asperger Syndrome: Completely Revised and Updated : Advice, Support, Insight, and Inspiration
by Patricia Romanowski Bashe and Barbara L. Kirby; March 2005; ISBN 1400081521
When the authors published the previous edition of this book in 2001, parents of children with the pervasive development disorder flocked to it. The authors now offer this updated edition of the definitive resource, explaining what is currently known about the nature of Asperger Syndrome from the viewpoint of doctors and families. In understandable language, the authors provide instructions for parents on how to gain access to information, support and treatment for their child, covering the most up-to-date options available as well as advice on new medications and special education. Later, they look at aspects of the "whole child," offering suggestions for parents on helping their son or daughter manage their social and emotional worlds, life at school and general growing-up issues. The authors acknowledge that every AS child is different, but with the help of numerous anecdotes from parents of AS children, they manage to provide a wide-ranging, indispensable guide.
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Overweight: A Handbook for Teens and Parents
by Tania Heller; March 2005; ISBN 0786420820
With respect to both physical activity and nutrition, lifestyles of most young Americans have changed dramatically over time. Decades ago, young people often walked miles to attend school, visit friends, or even see a doctor. There was no television to watch, and no Internet to provide hours of visiting without leaving the house. Rather than choosing from an array of pre-packaged and highly processed foods, families tended to cook at home and spent time enjoying meals together.

One of the unfortunate results of such lifestyle changes is a sharp rise in obesity, now being identified in a younger and younger population. The problem has reached epidemic proportions. With the increase in childhood and adolescent obesity comes a host of other illnesses and conditions: diabetes mellitus, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and cancer, along with low self-esteem, depression and anxiety.

Written for both youth and parents, this work covers the causes and effects of the rise in childhood obesity while presenting straightforward guidelines and recommendations for getting assessed and treated. Information is provided on healthy nutrition and physical activity for young people, tools for self-monitoring and medical conditions associated with weight gain. Numerous helpful resources are listed. Throughout the text, teens themselves describe their weight-related struggles and successes.

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PedFACTS: Pediatric First Aid for Caregivers and Teachers
by American Academy of Pediatrics; June 2005; ISBN 0763730904
Designed to train childcare professionals in first aid. PedFACTS includes information specific to children, including how to identify a typical condition, prevent common childhood injuries, and how to handle medical decisions when parents aren't present.
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Pediatric Nutrition in Chronic Diseases and Developmental Disorders: Prevention, Assessment, and Treatment
by Shirley Walberg Ekvall, Editor; February 2005; ISBN 0195165640
This book reviews the current status of research on nutrition in chronic diseases and developmental disorders of children and helps translate this research into clinical practice. It provides a wealth of information on the nutritional implications of diseases' states; how nutrition can affect brain development, learning and behavior; and how to improve the health status of pediatric patients through nutritional measures. Assessment, prevention, and treatment are all covered. The chapters focus on biochemical and clinical abnormalities, techniques for evaluating nutrition including behavior, nutritional management, and follow-up procedures. Well-organized and user-friendly, the book will continue to be of great value to pediatricians, nutritionists, gastroenterologists, neurologists, family practitioners, and dietitians as well as students and residents in those fields. The Second Edition has been thoroughly updated and includes new chapters on botanicals, genetics and nutritional aspects of birth defects, vegetarianism, obesity/eating disorders, autism, and attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder, among other topics.
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Positive Options for Children with Asthma : Everything Parents Need to Know (Positive Option)
by O. P. Jaggi; February 2005; ISBN 0897934539
Parents of asthmatic children often feel helpless in the midst of a severe attack. Written in a warm, reassuring tone, Positive Options for Children with Asthma helps parents better understand and cope with this frightening disease. The book offers advice on creating a safe, allergen-free environment, recognizing warning signs, reducing the intensity of attacks, and reviews the various diagnostic procedures, medications, and treatment options available. Most importantly, parents learn that they can play a key role in preventing and managing asthma attacks.
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Social Work Practice With Children and Families: A Family Health Approach (Haworth Health and Social Policy)
by Francis K. O. Yuen, Editor; April 2005; ISBN 0789017962
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Stop Medicating, Start Parenting : Real Solutions for Your Problem Teenager
by David B. Stein; January 2005; ISBN 1589791339
Attacking the current dogma that many teens are viewed as victims of mysterious and baffling psychiatric diseases such as ADD, ADHD, and bipolar disorder, this book dispels and confronts the currently popular outpouring of disease myths. Teens who hate schoolwork, misbehave in class, and don’t pay attention to their work are often tagged with one of these labels and then simply put on drugs in an attempt to alter their behavior. In a controversial view that is bound to trigger a nationwide debate, the author asserts that the mislabeling of teens is not only irresponsible but also heinous.

Based on twenty-five years of research and his experience in helping hundreds of families, the author offers a powerful set of tools for parents of difficult teens employing cognitive/behavioral, drug-free solutions. His book not only describes the long-term implications of using psychiatric drugs ("what you need to know and what you aren’t being told"), but offers an alternative to controlling difficult teens through his popular REST (Real Economy System for Teens) program, a non-confrontational parenting plan. Further chapters delve into more specific yet equally vital teen issues, such as valuing education, choosing a college, and that critical rite of passage for all teenagers as they cross into adulthood: the car.

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Type 1 Diabetes: A Guide for Children, Adolescents, Young Adults--and Their Caregivers
by Ragnar Hanas and Stuart Brink; January 2005; ISBN 1569243964
Living with type 1 diabetes requires intensive, nonstop daily management, week after week, year after year. This means that young people with type 1 and their parents have to become experts on their own condition-even better informed than the average doctor-and able to self-manage its daily demands. The Type 1 Diabetes Book is the most authoritative book ever published on the condition and will become the one book that every young person with type 1 diabetes will need to own. The topics covered range from how your body works to sweets, treats, and ice cream; from insulin injection technique to long-term complications; and any number of subjects in between. With this book at your side, you can easily and quickly get to know about diabetes and how to handle it with confidence in all the different situations that life has to offer. With 40 chapters, 430 graphs and illustrations, 168 medical terms explained, and 813 references to articles and journals, no other book available on this subject comes remotely close to the quality or amount of comprehensive information offered here.
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Underage and Overweight: America's Childhood Obesity Epidemic: What Every Family Needs to Know
by Frances M. Berg; June 2005; ISBN 1578261937
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Adolescent Health : A Multidisciplinary Approach to Theory, Research, and Intervention
by Lynn Rew; August 2004; ISBN 0761929118
This is a survey textbook that includes an overview of existing theories and current research on interventions that address the social morbidities and mortalities of adolescents. The author examines theories from a variety of professional disciplines that provide frameworks for understanding adolescent health behavior and health outcomes. Each theory is presented in terms of its essential elements, including its origin, a brief background of the theorist’s philosophical paradigm, the purpose and usefulness of the theory, the meaning and scope of the theory, and, when available, empirical referents. It comprehensively covers social morbidities and mortalities of adolescents including unintentional injuries, suicide, smoking, drug and alcohol use, high-risk sexual activity, eating disorders, mental health problems, runaway behavior, and interpersonal violence; it differentiates theory for practice from theory for research by consolidating multiple theoretical perspectives on adolescent health currently scattered across disciplinary boundaries into a single, multidisciplinary volume; and it assists student comprehension by including chapter summaries, suggestions for further study, and listings of related Internet resources.
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America's Teenagers--Myths and Realities: Media Images, Schooling, & the Social Costs of Careless Indifferences
by Sharon L. Nichols and Thomas L. Good; April 2004; ISBN 0805848517
Media coverage suggests that teenagers today are the most violent, sexual, and amoral in history. The authors show how news reports are exaggerating teen misbehavior, and they present a problem not covered in the news--that a growing number of young people are being left to socialize themselves. Their study finds that a general indifference toward youth as a group permeates adult society, preventing the proactive policies necessary to provide young people with quality education, health care, work and play environments, and active support. They provide guidelines for teachers, parents, policymakers, and citizens to respond to youth in more meaningful ways.
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Asperger Syndrome, Adolescence, and Identity: Looking Beyond the Label
by Harvey Molloy and Latika Vasil; April 2004; ISBN 1843101262
How do teenagers with Asperger Syndrome view themselves and their own lives? This book is based on extensive interviews with adolescents diagnosed with AS. It includes six life stories, as distinct from clinical case studies, written in collaboration with the teenagers themselves. These present an authentic and fascinating look at the lives of the teenagers and how AS has shaped their growing identities. The stories provide the basis for a discussion of common themes and issues facing teenagers with AS. Asperger Syndrome, Adolescence and Identity also questions the medicalized deficit approach to Asperger Syndrome and discusses the social repercussions of labelling teenagers as having AS.
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The Child in Mind: A Child Protection Handbook
by Judy Barker and Hodes Deborah Tamara; May 2004; ISBN 0415321743
All public sector workers in contact with children and families, both in health care and allied services, need access to clearly written information about what to do if they are concerned about the safety and welfare of a child. Ensuring the safety and promoting the welfare of children who are at risk of harm is not an easy undertaking. It is sometimes difficult to assess the significance of information about a child, to gauge its seriousness or decide what to do next. This book will help health service workers negotiate the complexities of child protection practice, with the aim of preventing abuse and neglect and protecting children from further harm once it has occurred.

This concise handbook covers all the key aspects of abuse, including: risk assessment , physical, sexual and emotional abuse, neglect, the child protection conference and the legal framework of child protection work. It clarifies a complex area of work and gives sound advice aimed at improving individual practice. It is unique in that although it is directed to all health care workers, it can be used as part of in-service training, as a handy reference for students and indeed by anyone who works with children.
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Childhood and Adolescent Overweight: The Health Professional's Guide to Identification, Treatment, and Prevention
by Mary Catherine Mullen, Jo Ellen Shield, and Jodie Shield; January 2004; ISBN 0880913355
This guide offers background information on overweight and obesity, offers advice on the assessment and management of overweight in children and adolescents, and presents related tools and resources. Particular attention is given to the health consequences of overweight, the identification of risk factors, counseling and behavior-change strategies, and prevention.
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Children and Youth in Sickness and in Health : A Historical Handbook and Guide
by Janet Golden, Richard A. Meckel, and Heather Munro Prescott; April 2004; ISBN 0313330417
This book is a unique reference source covering major issues in child and adolescent health in the U.S. from the Colonial period through the 20th century. It provides a comprehensive historical account of the way in which professionals and the state have addressed child health problems. It looks at how family and community caretakers intervened in the lives of sick children and also how they became advocates for local child health initiatives. Most critically, this volume will focus on how children and youth reacted to being sick and how these experiences affected their lives, the development of health care and the creation of pediatric medicine.
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Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Children and Families
by Philip J. Graham, Editor; November 2004; ISBN 0521529921
This edition strives to provide the latest scientific validation of cognitive behavior therapy with practical treatment guidance for professionals working with disturbed children. Coverage ranges from school refusal to eating and sleeping disorders and substance abuse. The volume will be invaluable to clinicians providing psychological treatment for children and families.
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Coping with Depression in Young People : A Guide for Parents 
by Carol Fitzpatrick and John Sharry; February 2004; ISBN 0470857552
Knowing how to deal with a teenager in emotional turmoil is a daunting task for any parent. This book describes the normal steps parents go through in coming to terms with depression in their children, from first noticing something is wrong, to accessing the best professional treatment, to surviving what can be a very emotional time for the whole family. The authors, both experts in this field, deal with issues most parents find particularly worrying, such as drug and alcohol use, suicide and self-harm, and other mental health problems. Parents reading this book will find guidance on what help and treatments are available for their child, as well as what they can do themselves to help the whole family cope. This guide tells parents in plain language what depression is, how to recognize it, and what can be done about it.
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Criminal Conduct and Substance Abuse Treatment for Adolescents: Pathways to Self-Discovery and Change : The Provider's Guide
by Harvey B. Milkman, Kenneth W. Wanberg; November 2004; ISBN 1412906156
This book identifies psychological, biological, and social factors that contribute to the onset of adolescent deviance, including substance abuse, delinquency, and crime.  Causal models for these problem behaviors are described, followed by a review of assessment and treatment protocols widely used in contemporary practice. Guidelines are provided for delivery of the 32- session PSD-C treatment curriculum, specifically designed for adolescents who manifest co-existing juvenile justice and substance abuse problems. The PSD-C Provider’s Guide explains how effective adolescent treatment derives from integration of the following evidence-based: strategies: motivational enhancement; stages of change; gender and diversity proficiency; cognitive-behavioral skill development; relapse and recidivism prevention; differential assessment; and individualized treatment planning. The Provider’s Guide delineates principles for effective adolescent-focused treatment in tandem with the Participant’s Workbook: Pathways to Self-Discovery and Change (PSD-C).
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Deliberate Self-harm in Adolescence (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Series)
by Claudine Fox and Keith Hawton; October 2004; ISBN 1843102374
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Drugproof Kids: The Ultimate Prevention Handbook for Parents to Protect Children from Addictions
by Frank Simonelli Jr.; April 2004; ISBN 0974897833
Parents may already know that they're the single most important factor in their children's decision to smoke, drink, or use drugs. What they may not know is that they also have a tremendous influence on their children's proclivity toward developing addictive behaviors. Now, for the first time, an experienced addiction counselor and concerned parent reveals that the best parenting and drug prevention wisdom available anywhere exists in the "re-parenting" and "relapse prevention" strategies of 12-step recovery groups…because for recovering alcoholics and addicts, ongoing prevention is a matter of life and death. Packed with 77 practical principles every parent should know, including insights from cognitive psychotherapy and the very latest research, parents will discover the real, immediate power they have to protect their kids from developing a wide range of debilitating addictions.
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Fit Kids for Life: A Parents' Guide to Optimal Nutrition & Training for Young Athletes
by Jose Antonio and Jeffrey R. Stout; March 2004; ISBN 1591200997
When we look back on childhood, we realize that "exercise" was a lot like play. Recess was a favorite time during school: we enjoyed running, playing tag, or hitting a baseball just because it felt good. And if we were lucky, we carried these healthy habits into adulthood. However, it's apparent that staying active, even as kids, has become the exception. The statistics are depressing: up to one-third of American children are obese. And overweight kids become overweight adults. Parents play a significant role in keeping children fit and healthy. Good nutrition and exercise learned as a child can mean a long and active life as an adult. This book can help readers foster these health habits in their children.

This volume coves common misconceptions regarding strength training for children. Kids can safely use resistance training to get fit for recreational activities and sports. Weight lifting allows children to build strength, prevent injury, and improve motor skills. Coaching tips, gender specific workouts, and training programs are included. The more kids exercise and participate in sports, the more calories and nutrients they need. Athletics creates more nutritional demands on the body, especially when a hectic and unhealthy eating schedule has become a habit. Parents and young athletes need to understand the importance of high-quality nutrition. You'll find general dietary guidelines for health eating for active kids, as well as tips on pre- and post-exercise nutrition, staying hydrated while exercising, and health snacks. In short, this book will help you keep young athletes injury free, active, and healthy right into adulthood.

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Fitness Information for Teens: Health Tips About Exercise, Physical Well-Being, and Health Maintenance 
by Karen Bellenir; May 2004; ISBN 0780806794
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Food and Food Additive Intolerance in Childhood
by T. J. David; May 2004; ISBN 0865426635
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A Guide to High School Success for Students with Disabilities
by Cynthia Ann Bowman and Paul T. Jaeger, Editors; October 2004; ISBN 0313328323
Written for young people with disabilities and the people who care for and educate them, this unique resource offers both inspiration and advice to help disabled teenagers successfully meet the special social and academic challenges of high school and to find their paths into the future. This book is written to offer tools that empower students with disabilities face their challenges while providing educators, family members and friends insights into issues these students may encounter during their high school years. Every high school teacher, administrator, counselor, and librarian should familiarize themselves with the issues explored on these pages.
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Handbook of Mental Health Services for Children, Adolescents, and Families:  Issues in Clinical Child Psychology
by Ric G. Steele and Michael C. Roberts; November 2004; ISBN 0306485605
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Healthy Teens, Body And Soul: A Parent’s Complete Guide
by Andrea Marks and Betty Rothbart; June 2004; ISBN 0756780624
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Help Your Teenager Beat an Eating Disorder
by James Lock and Daniel Le Grange; October 2004; ISBN 1572309083
Always harmful and potentially deadly, eating disorders can wreak havoc on families. Unfortunately, the same can often be said of their treatment: blaming parents for the illness. Many eating disorder programs exclude parents and widen the rift in an already shattered family. This powerful and controversial book by two top researchers argues that parents are not the culprits but the key to their teen's recovery. Based on new research, this book shows how parents can break the disorder's control over their child's mind and re-establish normal eating and family relations. The odds for full recovery drop precipitously if treatment is delayed. 
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Helping Teens Work Through Grief
by Mary Kelly Perschy; February 2004; ISBN 0415946964
Teens who have experienced the death of parent, grandparent, friend or relative often find it difficult to grieve openly. When adults who teens trust are aware of the cycle of grief, they can provide a safe atmosphere to allow teens to experience the turmoil of the intense and conflicting emotions in order to move towards healing.

This book is a valuable guide, helping adults connect with grieving teens. The reader will find background information along with many specific activities to help teens reflect upon and talk about their particular concerns. Issues of grief are introduced through drawing, molding clay, painting, movement, writing, listening to music, as well as talking in pairs and as a group. In addition, new activities incorporate the various dimensions of the grieving process with audio-visual materials and the Internet.

The second edition of Helping Teens Work Through Grief provides a more complete and updated manual for facilitators of teen grief groups. It includes additional background information about developmental aspects of teens, the process of grief, aspects of trauma and its effects on teens, the value of a group, determining the group-appropriateness of particular teens, and parental involvement. The many details involved with beginning a group - publicity, interviews, registration, structure, closure, evaluation, and follow-up - are listed.

This resource provides teachers, counselors, psychologists, social workers, hospice personnel and religious youth workers with the necessary information to work with teens in a group setting or support a grieving individual. In a less formal setting, Helping Teens Work Through Grief could also serve as a guide for a concerned neighbor or family member who is in a position to help a grieving teen on the healing journey towards wholeness.

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Helping Your Teenager Beat Depression: A Problem-Solving Approach for Families
by Katharina Manassis and Anne Marie Levac; June 2004; ISBN 1890627496
The adolescent years can sometimes be trying, but are especially difficult for parents of a teenager with depression. Depression is a real and serious condition that can derail lives and put a child at risk. This book offers parents a strategy that enables them to become active partners in the treatment of their child’s depression.

Chapters begin with an overview of teenage mood problems followed by an explanation of the authors’ unique treatment approach, known by the acronym, LEEAPP (LEAP for short). Based on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)–a recognized and successful problem-solving strategy for changing distorted behaviors and thoughts–LEAP offers parents a plan to change a troublesome situation or negative pattern of interaction with their teen. Parents first identify what behavior (e.g. refusing to get out of bed) or attitude (e.g. unprovoked anger) they want to change, then create a LEAP plan.

The LEAP approach can be used by parents to address minor mood problems and reduce the risk of relapse, and in conjunction with professional therapy for more serious depressive disorders. The commitment is minimal-–perhaps 10-20 minutes per week-–and the benefits can be substantial. Most families begin to see improvement in their child’s mood and interactions after employing the LEAP approach for 6 weeks.

Case studies throughout the book present a variety of situations and illustrate how to use this method to tackle mood problems. Exercises and checklists help parents monitor progress and be effective in improving their teen’s outlook.

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How to Manage Your Child's Life-Threatening Food Allergies: Practical Tips for Everyday Life
by Linda Marienhoff Coss; May 2004; ISBN 0970278519
Caring for a child who has severe, potentially fatal food allergies is a challenge that affects almost all aspects of your family’s daily life. How do you keep your child away from even tiny amounts of common foods? Food, and food residue, is everywhere. This book provides the step-by-step information you need to create a safe and enjoyable home, school and social life for your child. Learn the nitty-gritty details of how to handle common situations, and be warned of potential dangers you may not have considered. The book includes hundreds of easy-to-read tips and numerous checklists, sample forms, helpful scripts and real-life examples. Topics covered include preparing for and treating allergic reactions, purchasing and cooking food, making your home a "safe haven," teaching others about your child's allergies, handling parenting issues, creating a safe school and day care environment, having a social life, dining in restaurants, traveling, and more. For those who live outside the U.S. – or are planning to travel outside the U.S. – the book also includes information particular to food allergy management in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. Easily identifiable "International Perspective" tables with country-specific information are found throughout the book.
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Is My Teenager Ok?: A Parent's All-In-One Guide to the Emotional Problems of Today's Teens
by Henry Paul; August 2004; ISBN 0806525134
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The New Glucose Revolution Pocket Guide to Childhood Diabetes
by Jennie Brand-Miller, Kaye Foster-Powell, Johanna Burani, and Heather Gilbertson; March 2004; ISBN 1569244308
Widely recognized as the most significant dietary finding of the last 25 years, the glycemic index (GI) is revolutionizing the way people manage diabetes. This pocket guide explains how the GI can be used to specifically benefit children with diabetes in simple and direct language. Written by the world's leading authorities on the GI, the book directly addresses the parents of children with type 1 or type 2 diabetes and answers their most common diet concerns. It covers all of the basic information about the GI and blood sugar levels, dispels all of the diabetes food myths, and provides age-specific advice for children of all ages-from babies to teenagers. Complete with a table containing the GI, glycemic load, and carbohydrate values of more than 800 foods and drinks, this useful guide is a vital tool for every parent with a diabetic child.
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Out of Options : A Cognitive Model of Adolescent Suicide and Risk-Taking (International Studies on Child and Adolescent Health)
by Kate Sofronoff, Len Dalgliesh, and Robert Kosky; August 2004; ISBN 0521812380
Considering not only suicidal and risk-taking behavior, this work also covers related disorders such as depression, conduct problems, and substance abuse that often precede suicide and risk-taking. The material, presented in a structured way, allows the reader to follow the logical progression from a wide literature base. This permits a more specific examination of cognitive deficits (in problem solving and decision making) of the adolescents who engage in suicidal and risk-taking behaviors.
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Parent Management Training: Treatment for Oppositional, Aggressive, and Antisocial Behavior in Children and Adolescents
by Alan E. Kazdin; December 2004; ISBN 0195154290
Currently in the mental health professions, there is keen interest in evidence-based treatments. Among the psychotherapies for children and adolescents, parent management training (PMT) is without peer. No other treatment for children has been as thoroughly investigated, and as widely applied as has PMT. This book brings together the conceptual and empirical bases of this treatment, as applied to children and adolescents with oppositional, aggressive, and antisocial behavior. The book's first half provides the background, principles, and concepts underlying PMT, detailing the clinical application of treatment with concrete examples of how therapists should work with parents and children. The author also highlights the wide body of research on PMT to demonstrate the empirical basis of this intervention, to convey what is understood about how PMT works, and to identify what can be done to enhance the effects of treatment. The book's second half is a treatment manual of PMT, as applied in outpatient treatment for children and adolescents referred for oppositional, aggressive, and antisocial behavior. The PMT manual, which in its entirety is included in the book, details the particulars of the therapy: what is done to and by whom, what is said by the therapist, and what to expect at each stage of treatment. It also contains handouts, charts, and aides for parents. Both halves of the book move from the general (background, principles, and theory) to the specific (e.g., techniques; dialogues among the therapist, parent, and child; and materials used in treatment). Informed by research, the book remains concrete and grounded in clinical realities. The author is one of the most respected clinical psychologists in the country and has dedicated over twenty years to research and treatment for children.
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Pediatric Environmental Health, 2nd Edition
by Ruth A. Eztel and Sophie J. Balk; February 2004; ISBN 1581101112
This handbook reflects continued advances in the understanding of the etiology, identification and management of diseases in children linked to the environment. It discusses environmental hazards to children and provides guidance regarding how to diagnose, treat, and prevent childhood diseases linked to environmental exposures. 
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Pediatric Toxicology: Diagnosis and Management of the Poisoned Child
by Timothy B. Erickson, William R. Ahrens, Steven E. Aks, Carl Baum; August 2004; ISBN 0071417362
Evidence-based and age-specific, this book guides the clinician through the diagnosis and management of the poisoned pediatric patient. It features high yield facts at the start of each chapter, case presentations throughout, a 200+ question self-assessment section, antidote dosage tables, colour plates, and coverage of herbal products, vitamins, cosmetics, spider bites, and snake bites.
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Posttraumatic Stress Disorders in Children and Adolescents Handbook
by Raul R. Silva, Editor; February 2004; ISBN 0393704122
A reference guide to PTSD, stress, and trauma as they affect children and adolescents.Unlike many of the other works in this area that attempt to deal with childhood PTSD by extrapolating from the adult work, this book deals primarily with the findings of childhood trauma. Mixing clinical experience and research, this is a thorough introduction to PTSD, stress, trauma, and concurrent conditions.
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Promoting the Emotional Well-being of Children and Adolescents and Preventing Their Mental Ill Health: A Handbook
by Kedar Nath Dwivedi, Peter Brinley Harper, and Caroline Lindsey; October 2004; ISBN 184310153X
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Psychodynamic Approaches to the Adolescent with Panic Disorder
by Barbara Milrod, Fredric Busch, and Theodore Shapiro; August 2004; ISBN 1575242303
A clear description of psychodynamic psychotherapy for adolescents with panic disorder is presented with specific problems common to anxious adolescents. The book contains rich clinical examples and illustrates psychodynamic clinical technique for adolescents, as well as for teaching clinicians and documenting a method of treatment to facilitate research. Topics include a description of panic disorder in adolescents and its psychodynamic underpinnings; a detailed assessment of anxious adolescents; an enumeration of psychodynamic conflicts and defenses of adolescents; and an overview of treatment. Other areas of focus are working with families; technical handling of specific problems common to anxious adolescents such as drug use and suicide; transference, working through, and termination; and techniques of combining psychodynamic psychotherapy with other forms of antipanic treatment. Finally, a long and complete case of an adolescent with panic disorder treated with psychodynamic psychotherapy is presented.
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Teen Alcoholism (Teen Issues)
by Barbara Sheen; January 2004; ISBN 1590185013
This book in the Teen Issues series effectively examines how and why some teenagers become alcoholics and discusses the ripple effect of teen alcoholism as well as treatment and preventative measures. The book begins with an overview of alcoholism as an addiction or a disease and goes on to look at the physiological, psychological, and emotional dimensions of the illness. Both the individual and societal consequences of teen alcoholism are considered. The book ends with discussions of specific treatment methods and programs as well as useful advice on how teens can stay sober. The author intersperses the factual information with quotes from recovering teen alcoholics. Appendixes include chapter notes, a glossary, organizations to contact, and suggestions for further reading. Clearly written and informative, this book offers a good overview of the many facets of teen alcoholism.
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Teen Smoking (At Issue Series)
by Hayley Mitchell Haugen; January 2004; ISBN 0737719710
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2003
Chemicalfree Kids: How to Safeguard Your Child's Diet and Environment
by Allan Magaziner, Anthony Zolezzi, and Linda Bonvie; August 2003; ISBN 0758203691
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Child Health and the Environment
by Donald T. Wigle; March 2003; ISBN 0195135598
This is the first textbook to focus on environmental threats to child health. It will interest professionals and graduate students in public health, pediatrics, environmental health, epidemiology, and toxicology. The first three chapters provide overviews of key children's environmental health issues as well as the role of environmental epidemiology and risk assessment in child health protection. Overarching themes are the susceptibility of the rapidly developing fetus and infant to environmental toxicants, the importance of modifying factors (e.g. poverty, genetic traits, nutrition), the role of health outcome and exposure monitoring, uncertainties surrounding environmental exposure limits, and the importance of timely intervention. Later chapters address the health effects of metals, PCBs, dioxins, pesticides, hormonally active agents, radiation, indoor and outdoor air pollution, and water contaminants. In analyzing potential environmental hazards, the author addresses both biologic and epidemiologic evidence, including the likelihood of causal relationships. Among the health outcomes he discusses are developmental, reproductive, and neurobehavioral effects, respiratory disease, cancer, and waterborne infectious diseases. These discussions cover environmental exposure sources/indicators, interventions, and standards, and conclude with a summary of calls for an improved science base to guide public health decisions and protect child health.
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Child Maltreatment Risk Assessments: An Evaluation Guide
by Sue Righthand, Bruce Kerr, Kerry Drach, James M. Rotholz; June 2003; ISBN 0789012162
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Fetal and Neonatal Brain Injury: Mechanisms, Management and the Risks of Practice
by David K. Stevenson (Editor), William E. Benitz (Editor), Philip Sunshine (Editor); March 2003; ISBN 0521806917
This comprehensive survey of fetal and neonatal brain injury discusses a broad range of areas from epidemiology and pathogenesis, to clinical manifestations and obstetric care, and on to diagnosis, long-term outcomes, and medico-legal aspects. This latest edition highlights scientific and clinical advances that have played a role in minimizing risk, improving clinical care and outcomes. It describes how placental abnormalities, imaging studies, and laboratory measurements can identify the timing and severity of the injury.
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Food Facts for Teenagers: A Guide to Good Nutrition for Teens and Preteens
by Margaret Belais Salmon; January 2003; ISBN 039807352X
This book has information that helps fill the gap between modern food technology and nutrition, and the use of this knowledge by teenagers. Boys and girls are very much aware of the wonders of present-day technology. They want accurate scientific information to help them in various space-age ventures. Many know that vital nutrients in the foods they eat affect their appearance, strength, endurance and resistance to disease. Many do not know that foods affect their personalities, mental performance and the health of their future children. Teenage girls often have not been told that those who are poorly nourished during the teen years will have babies with more congenital abnormalities, lower pediatric ratings, and more stillborn and premature births than girls who are well-fed regardless of how carefully they eat during pregnancy. They will have more complications before, during and after pregnancy. The field of nutrition and food chemistry has become so complex that it is difficult for teenagers to take advantage of information now available. Many popular beliefs about foods are based on superstitions rather than scientific truths and many are too complicated to be useful. In this book only the most important food facts are presented. Simple, quick methods for calculating vitamin, mineral and calorie content of foods are described. Suggestions for economical eating are given, as well as inexpensive low calorie recipes. Medical checkups by a physician rather than self-medication are stressed. Since a student’s physical appearance and his or her performance in sports and school work are affected by food intake over long periods of time, the prime goal of this book is to encourage consistently good food habits.
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MMR and Autism: What Parents Need to Know
by Michael Fitzpatrick, M.D.; Routledge; December 1, 2003 (paperback); ISBN 0415321794
The author, a general practitioner in East London and the parent of an autistic child, explains why he believes the anti-MMR vaccine campaign is misguided, reassuring parents considering vaccination and also relieving the anxieties of parents with autistic children. The book provides health care professionals and health studies students with an accessible overview of a contemporary health issue with significant policy implications.
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Nutrition in Pediatrics
by W. Allan Walker, Christopher Duggan, and John B. Watkins; April 2003; ISBN 155009226X
A new edition of the comprehensive text reviewing the general concepts of nutrition pertaining to pediatrics as well as relevant information on the nutritional management of specific disease states. The book offers a survey of nutrient requirements, assessment, and disease prevention, approaches to the pathophysiology of nutrition in terms of immunology, endocrinology, pharmacology, and gastroenterology, and cover specific conditions such as diabetes, cystic fibrosis, and anemias. The new version features sections on nutrition and gene therapy, perinatal nutrition, inborn error of fasting adaptation, AIDS, and short gut syndrome. Includes graphs, tables, and illustrations. Appendices supply references to nutritional assessment, requirements, and enteral products.
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Preventing Youth Access to Tobacco
by Leonard Jason, Stephen B. Pokorny, Ellen L. Hopkins (Editors); March 2003; ISBN 0789019620
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Reducing Adolescent Risk : Toward an Integrated Approach
by Daniel Romer (Editor); April 2003; ISBN 0761928367
This book focuses on common influences that result in a number of interrelated risk behaviors in order to design more unified, comprehensive prevention strategies. It summarizes presentations and discussions held at the Adolescent Risk Communication Institute of the University of Pennsylvania Annenberg Public Policy Center. Concentrating on common causes for varied risk behaviors, a group of leading researchers and intervention specialists from different health traditions synthesize current knowledge about risks to adolescent health in several areas, including drugs and alcohol, tobacco, unprotected sex, suicide and depression, and gambling. Primarily intended for graduate students, scholars, and researchers in psychology, sociology, social work, and public health, this book is also an extraordinary resource for policy makers in government organizations and foundations.
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Silent Scourge: Children, Pollution, and Why Scientists Disagree
by Colleen F. Moore; March 2003; ISBN 019515391X
How does pollution impact our daily quality of life? What are the effects of pollution on children's development? Why do industry and environmental experts disagree about what levels of pollutants are safe? In this book, the author traces the debates around five key pollutants---lead, mercury, noise, pesticides, and dioxins and PCBs---and provides an overview of the history of each pollutant, basic research findings, and the scientific and regulatory controversies surrounding it. The author focuses, in particular, on the impact of these pollutants on children's psychological development--- their intellectual functioning, behavior, and emotional states. Only by understanding the impact of pollution can we prevent future negative effects on quality of life and even pollution disasters from occurring. 
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Young People and the Environment: An Asia-Pacific Perspective (Education in the Asia-Pacific Region, V. 1)
by John Fien, David Yencken, Helen Sykes (Editors); January 2003; ISBN 1402009445
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2002
And Words Can Hurt Forever: How To Protect Adolescents from Bullying, Harassment, and Emotional Violence
by James Garbarino and Ellen deLara; September 2002; ISBN 0743228987
Cornell University's James Garbarino, professor of human development, and Ellen deLara, a visiting fellow in the Family Life Development Center, focus on all forms of bullying and its ramifications in this book about emotional violence. They say that bullying, harassment, intimidation, humiliation, and stalking are potentially devastating, if not lethal, and are pervasive throughout U.S. urban, suburban, and small-town middle and high schools.
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2001
A Parent's Guide to Sex, Drugs and Flunking Out: Answers to the Questions Your College Student Doesn't Want You to Ask
by Joel Epstein; September 2001; ISBN 1568385714
This helpful guide encourages parents of the college-bound to thoughtfully consider the multitude of issues facing college students, such as course selection, student credit cards, and the titular sex and drugs. It also discusses the hard questions parents and students should ask of college administrators about safety, risk management, student health, residential life, judicial affairs, tuition costs, and the quality of the education they are purchasing. The author, a former associate director of the U.S. Department of Education's Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention, says "keeping open the lines of communication with your child will increase the probability that your child chooses the right school and makes the most of the college experience." One reviewer also suggests it is "a useful handbook" that parents of younger children should read in preparation.
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Generation Risk: How to Protect Your Teenager from Smoking and Other Dangerous Behavior
by Corky Newton and John P. Zaremba; February 2001; ISBN 0871319403
Newton heads the youth smoking prevention program for Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corporation and brings an insider's insights into the dangers of cigarette smoking. Although some readers might be skeptical of her sincerity, this book is quite honest in its assessment of risks from cigarette smoking, particularly for youth, and its frank advice to parents. Newton examines the "interconnected physical, social, and psychological factors that can intrigue and attract teenagers." Cigarette smoking doesn't take place in a social vacuum and is likely to be part of other risky behavior. Her advice is to build strong communication between parents and teens to reduce all risky behaviors. The final section deals specifically with smoking and how parents--including those who smoke themselves--can intervene. Her most prominent advice: don't say don't; instead, she advises focusing on positive interactions and building strong relationships.
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2000
12 Effective Ways to Help Your ADD/ADHD Child : Drug-Free Alternatives for Attention-Deficit Disorders
by Laura J. Stevens; January  2000; ISBN 1583330399
Many parents and physicians have become alarmed at the skyrocketing use of stimulant drugs such as Ritalin, Dexedrine, and Cylert for treating ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) and ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). Though they work for 75 to 80 percent of children, these drugs may have disturbing side effects such as decreased appetite and insomnia. The author shows that these drugs are too often an easy fix for a complicated disorder. Each of the 12 chapters of this guide offers specific steps parents can take to help their children, including improving eating habits, determining food allergies, and increasing vitamin and mineral supplements. 
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Allergies (My Health)
by Alvin Silverstein, Virginia Silverstein, and Laura Silverstein Nunn; March 2000; ISBN 0531164098
A guide to helping children understand their allergies. Reading level: 9- to 12-year-olds.
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The Chemistry of Environmental Tobacco Smoke: Composition and Measurement, Second Edition
by R. A. Jenkins, Michael R. Guerin, and B. A. Tomkins; March 2000; ISBN 1566705096
The book discusses the chemical composition of environmental tobacco smoke (ETS), measurement methods, and competing sources of indoor air contaminants commonly attributed to ETS. The second edition reflects the use of multiple markers of ETS to describe indoor air concentrations more accurately, and a shift in research from studies that use area sampling to measure a few selected indoor environments to larger studies that measure personal ETS exposure of randomly chosen subjects.
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The Guide to Raising a Child with Diabetes
by Linda Siminerio, Jean Betschart; February 2000; ISBN 1580400272
Published by the American Diabetes Association.
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Health Risks and Developmental Transitions During Adolescence
edited by John Schulenberg, Jennifer L. Maggs, Klaus Hurrelmann; January 2000; ISBN 0521480531
This book focuses on the different developmental transitions during adolescence and young adulthood and relates them to risks and benefits for young people's health and well-being. This book advocates the broadening of the concept of health promotion to include assistance with negotiating the several changes that occur as individuals move into and out of adolescence. Chapters from many of the most prominent researchers in the adolescent field from several countries are included in this edited volume. 
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1999
American Academy of Pediatrics Guide to Your Child's Nutrition : Making Peace at the Table and Building Healthy Eating Habits for Life
edited by William H. Dietz, Loraine Stern; January 1999; ISBN 0375501878
This up-to-date reference book from the American Academy of Pediatrics is the most authoritative, easy-to-use, and comprehensive guide to children's diet and eating habits available. The authors know that the real challenge for parents isn't simply being aware of the right foods to feed their children--it's getting children to actually eat those foods. The book gives parents all the information and strategies they need to take care of the dietary requirements of children from birth through adolescence, as well as providing special insights into the following:
* What's best for newborns
* Introducing solid foods
* Nutrition basics for toddlers, school-age children, and adolescents
* How to deal with outside influences, including; grandparents and TV commercials
* Identifying food allergies
* Recognizing and treating eating disorders 
* Alternative diets and supplements; food safety and additives
* How to tell if a child is too fat . . . too thin . . . too short
* Nutrient-drug interactions.
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American Academy of Pediatrics Guide to Your Child's Sleep : Birth Through Adolescence
by George J. Cohen; December 1999; ISBN 0679769811
The foremost medical authority on children's health, the American Academy of Pediatrics, has collected in these pages the best advice on getting newborns, toddlers, and school-age children to sleep. Packed with practical tips, this guide offers invaluable information, answers questions from parents, and provides reassuring ad-vice for preventing SIDS, getting your baby to sleep through the night, and solving sleep-wake problems. Above all, the Academy weighs in on the controversies over the most popular child-sleep advice--by evaluating the pros and cons of these conflicting theories--enabling parents to make the best decisions for their families.  Here, in a compact and accessible package, is information to ensure that even the most bleary-eyed parents and their children get a good night's sleep. 
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The Culture of Adolescent Risk-Taking
by Cynthia Lightfoot, Jaan Valsiner; March 1999; ISBN 1572302321
Text on adolescent psychology with emphasis on the adolescent perspective rather than the adult view of the adolescent. For psychologists.
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The Rights and Responsibilities of the Modern University : Who Assumes the Risks of College Life?
by Robert D. Bickel, Peter F. Lake; February 1999; ISBN 0890896755
This book, which is lively to read and easily understood despite its being a scholarly work, examines the rights and responsibilities of universities regarding students' negative and risky behavior.  The use of case studies illuminates the authors' points, and the book is based on detailed analyses of tort cases involving universities.
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1998
Building Supportive Communities for At-Risk Adolescents : It Takes More Than Services
by Martha R. Burt, Gary Resnick, Emily R. Novick; January 1998; ISBN 1557984662
This book includes four main sections: service integration, adolescents, and risk;  programs for at-risk teenagers; cross-cutting issues; and conclusions and recommendations for building supportive communities for at-risk teens. 
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New Perspectives on Adolescent Risk Behavior
edited by Richard Jessor and Richard Jesor; September 1998; ISBN 0521586070
Leading experts present the most recent ideas and findings about the variety of behaviors that can compromise adolescent development. Among the topics explored are drug use, risky driving, early sexual activity, depression, and school disengagement. 
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Safe Passage : Making It Through Adolescence in a Risky Society
by Joy G. Dryfoos; May 1998; ISBN 0195112563
A passionate call-to-arms by one of America's leading advocates for children at risk, "Safe Passage" examines hundreds of successful programs--ideas that have worked in the real world--models that can be applied to our own communities and our own children. 
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The Romance of Risk : Why Teenagers Do the Things They Do
by Lynn E. Ponton; October 1998; ISBN 0465070760
Through 15 riveting case studies involving troubled teenagers, a leading figure in adolescent psychiatry offers a provocative new way of thinking about parenting teens. These case studies vary from puzzling to horrifying, but Dr. Lynn Ponton points to risk as a unifying theme. Dr. Ponton explains the natural tendency of teenagers to take risks and shows parents how they can redirect destructive risk-taking into healthy channels.  (Editor's note: To read the author's 10 tips on parenting teenagers, follow the link below to Amazon's web page for this book.)
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Worth the Risk : True Stories About Risk Takers Plus How You Can Be One, Too
by Arlene Erlbach; November 1998; ISBN 1575420511
This inspiring book gives more than 20 first-person profiles of teenagers who took risks, pointing out the benefits of taking a chance and facing the possibility of rejection or failure. Each story features a different type of risk and puts it in real-life perspective.  The author encourages teens to examine the value of taking risks, to weigh good risks against bad, and to successfully execute risk-taking plans to bring about change in their lives. 
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1997
American Academy of Pediatrics Guide to Your Child's Symptoms : The Official, Complete Home Reference, Birth Through Adolescence
edited by Donald Schiff, Steven P. Shelov; October 1997; ISBN 0375500324
It's 3 a.m. and your child is sick. Should you go to the emergency room, call the doctor, or wait it out? Whether it's your newborn or your teenager who requires care, you can turn to this guide by a team of the country's best pediatricians.  This reference book enables a parent to quickly identify a symptom, learn its possible cause, and determine how best to proceed.   The unique arrangement of the book makes it exceptionally easy to use: instead of being organized by illness as most such reference books are, this guide is arranged by symptom within specific age groups.  So if your newborn has a rash, you can turn to the appropriate page and read about the various types of rashes and then narrow down the potential illness that your child has.  For each symptom, there is a chart of questions to consider that helps the parent decide the cause of the symptom and what action to take.
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On Playing a Poor Hand Well : Insights from the Lives of Those Who Have Overcome Childhood Risks and Adversities
by Mark Katz; February 1997; ISBN 0393702324
Many happy and productive adults grew up under difficult conditions that they couldn't change no matter how hard they tried. Some struggled with learning and attention problems and yet found a way to succeed. What were the secrets of their resiliency? Drawing upon research examining life's trajectories, Mark Katz identifies sources of protection, strength, and understanding--the cards that enable some children to "beat the odds." His insights will enable disadvantaged individuals and families to validate the pain they've endured--and to celebrate their resilience 
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Vaccination: The Issue of Our Times
edited by Peggy O'Mara; October 1997; ISBN 091425717X
A comprehensive collection of articles, research, references and resources challenging the conventional viewpoint on vaccinations. Contributors include physicians, public health workers, and parents. For parents, health care workers, and others who are concerned about mandatory vaccinations.
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1996
Children With Prenatal Alcohol & or Other Drug Exposure : Weighing the Risks of Adoption
by Susan B. Edelstein and Judy Howard; August 1996; ISBN 0878686304 
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Stress, Risk, and Resilience in Children and Adolescents : Processes, Mechanisms, and Interventions 
edited by Robert J. Haggerty, Lonnie R. Sherrod, Norman Garmezy, Michael Rutter; September 1997; ISBN 0521576628 
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1995
Lifelines and Risks : Pathways of Youth in Our Time
by Robert B. Cairns and Beverley D. Cairns; January 1995; ISBN 0521485703
This study follows the pathways of 695 young people growing up in the 1980s and 1990s, and the effect of lifelines--the avenues by which redirection and help may be provided--upon the "risks" of violence, deviant social groups, school dropout, teenage parenthood, suicide, substance abuse. 
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1992
Overcoming the Odds : High Risk Children from Birth to Adulthood
by Emmy E. Werner, Ruth S. Smith; March 1992; ISBN 0801480183
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