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Book Review: a Parent's Guide to Building Resilience in Children and Teens

  • Submitted by: LisaTaylor
  • on September 29, 2012
  • Category: Psychology
  • Length: 1,569 words

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Book Review of: A Parent’s Guide to Building Resilience in Children and Teens
Lisa Taylor
Simon Fraser University (Education 322: The Social Lives of School Children)

I have reviewed “A Parent’s Guide to Building Resilience in Children and Teens” by Kenneth Ginsburg, published by the American Academy of Pediatrics (2006).   Having myself experienced a rather unconventional childhood, fostered numerous children exhibiting varying degrees of resilience, and raising my own children, building resilience is of personal interest to me as well as an important part of children’s social development.  
While the topic of resilience is comprehensive and intersects many course topics, I have focused my analysis on fostering self-discipline, moral development, and parenting styles; the framework provided by chapters 10 and 11 of the course textbook (Kostelnik, Whiren, Soderman, & Gregory, 2009).
Dr. Ginsburg writes as a father and associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.   He practices at the Children’s hospital there and references personal experiences throughout his book.   I respect his experience and credentials as well as the relevance and respectability of the publisher (one would expect that the AAP would be particular about what to publish, and qualified to make that judgment).  
This book has global appeal.   It is helpful to parents because the information is clear and easy to read with many interesting examples supporting its arguments.   After presenting and rationalizing each concept, the author explains how parents can implement his suggestions. I feel the book would also be of value to professionals working with children because when parent-child and professional-child relationships have been studied, similar results have been found (Kostelnik et.al, 2009, p. 346).   Finally, the last part of the book contains guides to share with preteens and teens respectively to help them recognize, understand and cope...

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