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Playing at being bad : the hidden resilience of troubled teens

Author: Michael Ungar
Publisher: Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Playing at being bad takes a timely look at how adults can keep troubled youth from sinking deeper into delinquent behavior - whether alcohol and drug addiction, violence, depression, or sexual promiscuity. Yet unlike other books about difficult kids that reflect the wisdom of adults, this one explores the truth of adolescence, challenging conventional wisdom to show us the resilience hidden in all young people.  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Ungar
ISBN: 9780771087110 077108711X
OCLC Number: 85737521
Notes: Includes index.
Description: v, 264 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: The way things were --
Searching for truth --
Lost and found --
Shop around --
"I'm okay, you're not" --
Complex stories for complex lives --
The healthy deviant --
Acceptance --
Rough seas --
When the blaming stops --
Breaking down walls.
Responsibility: Michael Ungar.

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Playing at being bad takes a timely look at how adults can keep troubled youth from sinking deeper into delinquent behavior - whether alcohol and drug addiction, violence, depression, or sexual promiscuity. Yet unlike other books about difficult kids that reflect the wisdom of adults, this one explores the truth of adolescence, challenging conventional wisdom to show us the resilience hidden in all young people. Through telling the stories of teens he has worked with for more than fifteen years, Michael Ungar crosses the divide that separates adults from their children - and fills the void of communication in between. Always engaging, often provocative, Playing at Being Bad offers a fresh perspective on the hidden world of teenagers, as well as practical and moral support for anyone seeking to prevent young people from drifting further into trouble. -- from back cover.

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