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Surviving Ophelia : mothers share their wisdom in navigating the tumultuous teenage years

Author: Cheryl Dellasega
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Perseus, ©2001.
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Weaves the author's own story of raising teenage daughters with the voices of dozens of other mothers of girls. Annotation. Dellasega (Penn State College of Medicine), who leads therapeutic writing workshops, solicited autobiographical essays from mothers of troubled teenage daughters. The 200 essays are presented here, chronicling the mothers' experiences with daughters who were anorexic, bulemic, depressed,  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Cheryl Dellasega
ISBN: 0738205087 9780738205083
OCLC Number: 48045127
Description: xii, 255 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Turning points for better and worse: facing anorexia, dishonesty, and separation --
Living with uncertainty: Search for why --
Finding a way around problems: Magic of music, communication, and hugs --
Shared vulnerabilities: Body image, fitting in, and ghosts from the past --
Hoping to help: Crises big and little --
Contrary: On being smarter, prettier, or more unique than others --
Power of mother's intuition: Making mistakes, bullies, lack of trust, and starting over --
Combating depression, eating disorders, and rebellion: professional therapists and mother therapy --
Institutions: Strangers take over our lives --
Change of struggles, change of scene --
When troubles go on and on: Crazy soup emotions: Love, anger, and frustration --
Grieving for our little girl lost: When proms, graduation, and college fade away --
Trying to survive: Getting through a day, an afternoon, or an hour --
Discovering boundaries: Saving our daughters, saving ourselves --
Part of the picture: Significant others --
Ophelia: With and without fathers --
Little girl grown: Daughters look back --
Into the future --
Where we are now.
Responsibility: Cheryl Dellasega.
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Weaves the author's own story of raising teenage daughters with the voices of dozens of other mothers of girls. Annotation. Dellasega (Penn State College of Medicine), who leads therapeutic writing workshops, solicited autobiographical essays from mothers of troubled teenage daughters. The 200 essays are presented here, chronicling the mothers' experiences with daughters who were anorexic, bulemic, depressed, runaways, and so on, grouped according to themes such as interventions, institutions, and coping with crises. The audience will be mothers of teenagers who seek stories similar to their own.

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