Using Literature to Help Troubled Teenagers Cope with Health Issues (Hardback)
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Short Description for Using Literature to Help Troubled Teenagers Cope with Health Issues Today, illnesses and the high risk behaviour of adolescents have become interrelated through the multitude of physical, social and emotional changes young people experience. This work provides a link for teachers and media specialists to those novels that can help adolescents with health issues.
- Published: 30 March 2000
- Format: Hardback 338 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780313305313 ISBN 10: 0313305315
Full description for Using Literature to Help Troubled Teenagers Cope with Health Issues
Today, traditional illnesses and high risk behaviors of adolescents have become interrelated through the multitude of physical, social and emotional changes young people experience. Good literature which gives adolescents the truth has incredible power to heal and to renew. This reference resource provides a link for teachers, media specialists, parents, and other adults to those novels that can help adolescents struggling with health issues. Educators and therapists explore novels where common health issues are addressed in ways to captivate teens. Using fictional characters, these experts provide guidance on encouraging adolescents to cope while improving their reading and writing skills. With the advancement in medicine, traditional types of health issues such as birth defects, cancer, and sensory impairment have shifted to more behavior related problems such as depression, alcoholism, and eating disorders. All of these issues and others are examined from both a literary and psychological perspective in thirteen chapters that explore health issues through fiction. Each chapter confronts a different health issue and is written by a literature specialist who has teamed up with a therapist. In each novel, these experts define the central character's struggle in coming to terms with an issue and growing in response to their difficulties. Annotated bibliographies of other works, both fiction and nonfiction, explore these same issues give readers insight into helping teenagers with similar problems, and provide the tools with which to get teenagers reading and addressing these problems.