Teen Book Review: The grieving teen: A guide for teenagers and their frends. ISBN: 0684868040 ISBN-13:…
Teen Book Review: The grieving teen: A guide for teenagers and their frends.
THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS ARE NOT CONTENT FROM THE BOOK BUT THOUGHTS FROM THE BOOK
Recently many publishers have responded to the need for books that are designed to help adults discuss a difficult topic, death, with young children, and/or teens. You are to select one book (many are on Amazon), written for teens, and evaluate it based on what we have learned thus far in class.
1) Does it fit the social-emotional and cognitive developmental level for adequate death comprehension that is required for the age group for which it was marketed?
2) Is it honest, or do you think that it further perpetuates the myths around teens and their grief process?
3) Explore a bit: You are a clinician, asked to work with a teen in that age group. Teenagers are notoriously difficult to reach in counseling session…often because they are forced to attend session by well-meaning adults. How would you, specifically, incorporate this book into a counseling session? Is there enough there to start a conversation? Did it leave too many things vague and unanswered? What kinds of questions do you think it would raise for the teen? How would you, based on what you now know, answer them?
4) Edgar Jackson has written, “Adolescents are apt to think that they are the discoverers of deep and powerful feelings and that no one has ever loved as they love.” If this is true, what implications does it have for understanding and assisting bereaved adolescents?