The Parents Guide to Psychological First Aid

Paperback | November 15, 2010

byGerald Koocher, Annette La Greca

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Does your young daughter talk endlessly about invisible friends, dragons in the basement, and monsters in the closet? Is your teenager about to start high school or being victimized by bullies? Is your son mortally afraid of certain insects or of injections at the doctor's office? Compiled by two seasoned clinical psychologists, The Parents' Guide to Psychological First Aid brings together articles by recognized experts who provide you with the information you need to help your child navigate the many trying problems that typically afflict young people. Written in an engagingstyle, this book offers sage advice on a raft of everyday problems that have psychological solutions. The contributors cover such topics as body image and physical appearance; cigarettes, drugs, and alcohol; overeating and obesity; dental visits; the birth of a sibling and sibling rivalries; tempertantrums; fostering self-esteem; shyness and social anxiety; and much more. Each expert article provides an overview of the issues, offers reassurance for minor problems and strategies for crisis management, and discusses the red flags that indicate that professional help is needed. In addition, thebook is organized into various categories to make it easier to find information. For instance, the "Family Issues" section includes articles on Blended Families, Divorce, and Traveling; the "Adolescent Issues" section covers such topics as Dating and Driving; and the "Social/Peer Issues" sectionexplores such subjects as "Sportsmanship," "Homesickness," and "Making Friends."An encyclopedic reference for parents concerned with maintaining the mental health of their children, this indispensable volume will help you help your child to deal effectively with stress and pressure, to cope with everyday challenges, and to rebound from disappointments, mistakes, trauma, andadversity.

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Does your young daughter talk endlessly about invisible friends, dragons in the basement, and monsters in the closet? Is your teenager about to start high school or being victimized by bullies? Is your son mortally afraid of certain insects or of injections at the doctor's office? Compiled by two seasoned clinical psychologists, The Pa...

Gerald Koocher is Dean of the School for Health Studies, Simmons College. He is a past president of the American Psychological Association and the author of Ethics in Psychology, Psychologists' Desk Reference, and The Clinician's Guide to Evidence-Based Practices. Annette La Greca is Professor of Psychology at the University of Miami...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:496 pages, 10 × 7 × 0.68 inPublished:November 15, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Adolescent Issues - Body image and physical appearance concerns (both sexes)Adolescent Issues - Cigarettes, alcohol, drugsAdolescent Issues - Dating - boy/girlfriends - breakupsAdolescent Issues - Driving (readiness and safety)Adolescent Issues - Self Injury (Should I be worried about suicide risk?)Eating Problems - Introducing foods; Weaning children children from bottlesEating Problems - Overeating and obesityEating Problems - Picky eating (and concern about Anorexia)Sleep Issues: Bedtime resistance; nightmares; not sleeping in own bedToileting - Normal DevelopmentToileting - Problems [Enuresis and Encopresis]Health - Dental visitsHealth - Hygiene problems (Refusal to bathe, brush teeth, etc.)Health - Medical procedures (immunization, blood draw, surgical prep)Health - Medical treatment (adherence issues, as with medication)Family Issues - Birth of siblingFamily Issues - Blended FamiliesFamily Issues - Communication (parental conversations with an uncommunicative child)Family Issues - DivorceFamily Issues - Non-Traditional FamiliesFamily Issues - Secrets: (communicating with children on sensitive issues)Family Issues - Sibling rivalryFamily Issues - Temper tantrums and noncomplianceFamily Issues - Traveling (including first plane ride; long car rides; handling family vacations)Family Issues - Witnessing parental argument or domestic violenceAnxiety related - Fears (of dark, insects, etc.)Anxiety related - Imaginary friendsAnxiety related - Self-esteem (fostering and improving)Anxiety related - Separation anxiety issues (parent going out; parent away on business trip; child leaving home, sleep overs, camp)Anxiety related - Shyness/social anxietyAnxiety related - Situational and performance anxiety/test anxietySchool Issues - Application process: including high school, collegeSchool Issues - Avoidance and refusalSchool Issues - Performance and report cardsSchool Issues - Starting a new schoolSchool Issues - Conflict with teacherSchool Issues - Beginning school; first day of school (including daycare) or school transitionsSexuality - Gay/Lesbian - coming out and copingSexuality - Infant/Todler (Masturbation/Self-Stimulation)Sexuality - Preschool and school aged (Sex ed, sex play)Sexuality - Adolescent (Puberty, safe sex)Social/Peer Issues - Bullying (victimization and fighting with peers, physical/verbal, teasing)Social/Peer Issues - Change in caregivers (introducing nanny or babysitter)Social/Peer Issues - HomesicknessSocial/Peer Issues - Making friendsSocial/Peer Issues - Moving away (family relocation)Social/Peer Issues - Racial differences; religious differences (diversity issues)Social/Peer Issues - Sportsmanship and competitionUnique Stressors - Death and loss (by age and affective intensity-- pet, peer, parent, etc.)Unique Stressors - Disasters (coping with natural and human made)Finale - Serious or Persistent Problems (How can I tell when my child needs professional help?)