Out of the Woods: Tales of Resilient Teens by Stuart T. HauserOut of the Woods: Tales of Resilient Teens by Stuart T. Hauser

Out of the Woods: Tales of Resilient Teens

byStuart T. Hauser, Joseph P. Allen, Eve Golden

Paperback | April 30, 2008

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Seventy deeply troubled teenagers spend weeks, months, even years on a locked psychiatric ward. They’re not just failing in school, not just using drugs. They are out of control—violent or suicidal, in trouble with the law, unpredictable, and dangerous. Their futures are at risk.

Twenty years later, most of them still struggle. But astonishingly, a handful are thriving. They’re off drugs and on the right side of the law. They’ve finished school and hold jobs that matter to them. They have close friends and are responsible, loving parents.

What happened? How did some kids stumble out of the woods while others remain lost? Could their strikingly different futures have been predicted back during their teenage struggles? The kids provide the answers in a series of interviews that began during their hospitalizations and ended years later. Even in the early days, the resilient kids had a grasp of how they contributed to their own troubles. They tried to make sense of their experience and they groped toward an understanding of other people’s inner lives.

In their own impatient voices, Out of the Woods portrays edgy teenagers developing into thoughtful, responsible adults. Listening in on interviews through the years, narratives that are often poignant, sometimes dramatic, frequently funny, we hear the kids growing into more composed—yet always recognizable—versions of their tough and feisty selves.

Stuart T. Hauser is Senior Scientist at the Judge Baker Children's Center and Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School.
Title:Out of the Woods: Tales of Resilient TeensFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.27 inPublished:April 30, 2008Publisher:HarvardLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0674027345

ISBN - 13:9780674027343

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Table of Contents



1. The Puzzle of Resilience

2. High Valley

3. Reading the Stories

4. Pete: Taming My Wildness

5. Rachel: I Started Seeing Things Change

6. Sandy: You Can Work with It

7. Billy: It All Worked out Fairly Well

8. Seeing in the Dark




Editorial Reviews

A highly useful psychoanalytically informed contribution to our knowledge of psychic recovery and strength, this book reports on creatively conceived psychodynamic research study and humanely conceived treatment of seriously compromised and traumatized children who went on to become very troubled and very difficult youngsters. It is especially praiseworthy for its aims and innovative strategies in presenting an insufficiently researched domain of prevention against illness and of healing from it—that is, on psychodynamic aspects of resilience in the face of harshly traumatizing early life experience...We are indebted to Hauser, Allen and Golden—for this study to be sure, but also for their clarion call that we think like healers. Every child analyst, psychiatrist, psychologist, social worker—anyone who works with chilren and adolescents—must read this book. Every clinician, educator, counselor, and caregiver will find in this study guidelines for fostering resilience in those they are treating or who are in their charge.