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What Should I Know About my Teen?

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What is meant by "adolescence identity crisis"
Do young people today become sexually active too soon ?
Should we take it for granted that our teen knows about adequate sexual protection ?
What can we do if our teen becomes pregnant ?
Can we help our teens recover their motivation at school ? If, so, how ?
Is it normal for our teenager to spend a lot of time at the computer ?
Is there anyting we can do if we don't like our teenager's group of friends ?
In case of parental separation, is it preferable for teens to live with one parent rather than the other ?
What are we to think of the tattoo and body-piercing trends that have been adopted by so many teens ?
Some teenagers suffer from anxiety or depression. What exactly does this mean ? What can we do to help ?
... and many other questions !
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For parents
QUESTIONS ANSWERS For parents
Céline Boisvert
What Should I Know aboutMY TEEN?
hat Should I Knowaboutmy teen?
Céline Boisvert
What Should I Know aboutMY TEEN?
Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec and Library and Archives Canada cataloguing in publication Boisvert, Céline, 1958-What should I know about my teen? (Questions/answers for parents) Translation of: Que savoir sur mon ado?. ISBN 978-2-89619-144-4 1. Teenagers - Psychology - Miscellanea. 2. Adolescence -Miscellanea. 3. Parent and teenager - Miscellanea. 4. Teenagers - Mental health - Miscellanea. 5. Teenagers - Sexual behavior -Miscellanea. I. Title. BF724.B64313 2008 155.5 C2008-942289-9
Cover design : Quatuor Graphic design:Nicole Tétreault Cover page photo:Nancy Lessard Inside photos:Nancy Lessard  Claude Dolbec (pages 8, 25, 33)
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Table of Contents
Adolescence identity crisis }What exactly is meant by an “adolescence identity crisis”? ................................ 9
Sex-related issues }Don’t you think that young people become sexually active far too early? How can we convince our teens to wait until they are more mature? ................... 11 }Should we take it for granted that because our teenagers take sex education at school, they know what comprises adequate sexual protection? ................................................. 13 }How can adults help teenagers deal with sexual matters? .............................................. 14 }What can parents do to protect their teen from becoming pregnant? .................................. 15 }What can you do if your teen becomes pregnant? ............................................. 18 }............ 19What if the teenager opts for abortion? }Why do parents who believe themselves open-minded because they know a few homosexuals react hurtfully when they discover that their child is homosexual? ............. 20
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Questions/Answersfor Parents
About school and the computer }Our teenager just began high school and seems to have lost his motivation. What should we think about this and what can we do to help? ....................................... 23 }What can we do to prevent our teenager from dropping out of school? ............................. 26 }Is it normal for our teenager to spend so much time in front of the computer? What’s so interesting about it? ............................. 27
Changing relations }What can we do if we don’t like our teenager’s group of friends? .......................... 31 }Will our teens automatically reject the values we have taught them and favour those of their group of friends? ........................... 32 }Is it true that teens deal more easily than younger children with parental separation? ............................................ 34 }In case of separation, is it preferable for teenagers to live with one parent rather than the other? .......................................... 35
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Special means of self-expression }What are we to think of the tattoo and body-piercing trends that have been adopted by so many young people? .................................. 37 }Can tattooing and body-piercing lead to self- mutilation, a ritual that people say is becoming increasingly common? ............... 38
Mental health }They say that teenagers sometimes suffer from anxiety. What exactly does this mean? .............. 41 }What are the most common anxiety disorders among teenagers? ................................. 41 }What can we do to help our anxious teenager? ................................................ 44 }How can I tell whether my teenager is suffering from depression ?............................... 45 }What should we do if our teenager is depressed? What treatment will be prescribed? ...................................................... 47 }50How can I tell if my teenager is suicidal?............. }What causes a young person to have suicidal thoughts?.................................................. 50 }What are the main risk factors, that is, the circumstances that most often lead young people to attempt suicide? ....................... 51
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Questions/Answersfor Parents
}Are there factors thatprotecta person from suicidal thoughts? ....................................... 52 }My daughter is very concerned about her size and often goes on diets to lose weight. Is she developing a problem with anorexia? ................. 53 }What signs would suggest that my daughter is becoming anorexic? ......................................... 53 }What are the signs that our teenager is suffering from hyperactivity or an attention deficit ................................................ 55
To learn more about your teen.............................57