Suggested Readings By Topic

Adolescent Development and Parenting

Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ by Daniel Goleman 

Topic(s): The importance of developing social and coping skills 

Social Intelligence: The New Science of Human Relationships by Daniel Goleman 

Topic(s): The biological basis of social and emotional health 

The Primal Teen: What the New Discoveries About the Teenage Brain Tell Us about Our Kids by Barbara Strauch 

Topic(s): Adolescent brain development/understanding teenage behavior 

Yes Your Teen IS Crazy! Loving Your Kid Without Losing Your Mind by Michael J. Bradley

Topic(s): Adolescent brain development/understanding teenage behavior 

Get Out of My Life, But First Could You Drive Me and Cheryl to the Mall: A Parent’s Guide to the New Teenager by Anthony Wolfe

Topic(s): Understanding and coping with the challenges of parenting

I’m Not Mad, I Just Hate You! A New Understanding of Mother-Daughter Conflict by Roni Cohen-Sandler and Michelle Silver 

Topic(s): Mother-Daughter relationships 

Stop Negotiating With Your Teen: Strategies for Parenting Your Angry, Manipulative, Moody, or Depressed Adolescent by Janet Sasson Edgette 

Topic(s): Mother-Daughter relationships 

The Defiant Child: A Parent’s Guide to Oppositional Defiant Disorder by Douglas Riley 

Topic(s): Oppositional defiance disorder and behavioral acting out

Books on Addiction

It’s Not Okay to Be a Cannibal: How to Keep Addiction from Eating Your Family Alive by Andrew Wainwright and Robert Posnanovich

Topic(s): Helping family members cope with addiction

Books on Anxiety and Stress Management 

The Quiet Mind by John Harvey, Ph. D.

Topic(s): Stress, anxiety, and “self talks” 

Freedom from Stress by Phil Nuerenberg, Ph.D.

Topic(s): Stress, and the role of breathing, diet, exercise, and meditation 

Books on Teenage Depression

More Than Moody: Recognizing and Treating Adolescent Depression by Harold Koplewicz 

Topic(s): Depression 

Books on Boys’ Issues

Boys Will Be Boys: Breaking the Link Between Masculinity and Violence by Myriam Miedzian 

Topic(s): Bullying, self-esteem, and adolescent male development 

The Trouble With Boys: A Surprising Report Card on Our Sons, Their Problems at School and What Parents and Educators Must Do by Peg Tyre 

Topic(s): Boys’ difficulty in school (academic, behavioral, social)

Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys by Dan Kindlon 

Topic(s): Self-esteem and adolescent male development 

Real Boys: Rescuing Our Sons from the Myths of Boyhood by Mary Pipher 

Topic(s): Self-esteem and adolescent male development 

Books on Girls Issues – 

Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and Other Realities of Adolescence by Rosalind Wiseman 

Topic(s): Relational Aggression/ “Female Bullying” 

Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls by Rachel Simmons 

Topic(s): Relational Aggression / “Female Bullying” 

Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls by Mary Pipher 

Topic(s): Self-esteem and adolescent female development 

Books on Eating Disorders  

Dying to Be Thin: Understanding Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia – A Practical, Lifesaving Guide by Ira Sacker 

Topic(s): Eating Disorders 

Books on Self-Injury

Cutting: Understanding and Overcoming Self-Mutilation by Steven Levenkron 

Topic(s): Cutting and self-mutilation 

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