Gangs exist in places all over the world. The United States, however, is believed to have more gangs than any other country in the world. This book provides a comprehensive overview of the issues surrounding gangs, including how and why young people are lured into gangs and the consequences of gang involvement. Firsthand accounts and current statistics provide an insightful look at this issue.
Anxiety disorders, such as phobias, panic disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder are the most common group of mental illnesses in the United States. Recent studies suggest eight percent of U.S. teenagers suffer from an anxiety disorder. This informative title examines different anxiety disorders, including their causes, symptoms, effects, and treatment options. A chapter on caring for others discusses how anxiety and phobias affect young people with siblings and parents who have the disorder.
This insightful title provides an overview of Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and other emotional and behavioral disorders, including Oppositional Defiant Disorder. Symptoms, causes, and treatment options and management are discussed.
This interesting title provides an overview of schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders that are rare in children and young adults, including Schizoaffective Disorder, Delusional Disorder, and Brief Psychotic Disorder. Symptoms, causes, and treatment options are discussed. A chapter on caring for others discusses children dealing with parents who have been diagnosed with schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders.
Crystal meth is more addictive than heroin or cocaine and is widely available on the streets of North America. This helpful book looks at the use and abuse of meth, an inexpensive and accessible drug that takes an unbelievable toll on the bodies and brains of users. Special chapters on seeking help, and treatment and recovery provide accurate and useful information on meth addiction and treatment.
Did you know about one third of high school students take steroids to improve their looks, not just their athletic skills? Steroid use is becoming a major issue among 12- to 18-year-olds today. This helpful and informative book looks at the pressures young people are under to look cut and perform well in sports. Special chapters examine the effects of anabolic steroids on the developing bodies and minds of young people and how difficult it can be to quit when you've got the edge.
Bullying provides an honest and unbiased view of a prevalent issue. This book examines different forms of bullying and covers practical topics such as how to recognize bullying behavior, the role of the bystander, and empowering ways to deal with bullies. Candid first-hand accounts from different perspectives and a list of valuable resources give readers the tools to help break the cycle of this destructive epidemic.
From email and twitter to blogs and wikis, readers are encouraged to be safe, positive, and mindful contributors in the digital environment. Readers will learn how to choose the appropriate digital tools to communicate for various purposes.
Innovations by entrepreneurs in the medical field have saved lives and changed many others for the better. With bright ideas such as stem-cell research and affordable prosthetics, medical entrepreneurs use science and technology to improve health care and make it widely available. Detailed case studies of successful entrepreneurs and a hands-on project help readers understand the principles of entrepreneurship.
Using evidence-based research and best practices, this informative title provides a thorough introduction to concussions. Content includes causes of concussion, physical, cognitive, and emotional, symptoms, treatments, and the recovery process. Case studies, personal accounts from people who have sustained concussions, and injury-prevention tips encourage readers to advocate for their own health and safety as well as for others.
Your brain has an amazing ability to make changes and reorganize itself throughout your lifetime. This is called neuroplasticity. Supported by the latest in brain research, this motivating title helps readers understand how our brains learn and how each of us has our own personal learning style. Key concepts include brain functions and processes related to learning such as memory, attention, executive functions, and other cognitive abilities, and how neural connections form and grow. Readers are encouraged to take on a growth mindset, which is the belief that we are not just born with certain talents—we can develop them. The book includes several brain-based learning strategies. Each strategy includes a hands-on activity or demonstration to help readers apply the strategy in the real world, be empowered to take more risks in their learning, and to unlock their personal potential.
This comprehensive title examines the structures and functions of the brain. Accessible text and supportive design elements introduce different parts of the brain and explain their key functions. Readers will also discover how the brain interprets and responds to messages received from different sensory receptors. Hands-on investigations help reinforce and extend core concepts. This title supports NGSS Structure, Function, and Information Processing - 4-LS1-1; MS-LS1-8.
The first few years of life were thought to be the most important in brain development. With the aid of modern brain-imaging technologies, we now know the brain undergoes a substantial remodeling process during adolescence. This insightful title is designed to empower readers as they learn how areas of the brain related to decision-making, planning and goal setting, impulse control, and social interactions are affected by this process of change. They will also discover that personal choices, experiences, and environment play a pivotal role in adolescent brain development. Strategies help readers build emotional intelligence, manage stress, and adopt a proactive, mindful approach to minimize vulnerabilities and maximize their potential for positive personal development during adolescence.
This book inspires readers to become change-makers for healthy living and eating by using design-thinking principles to tackle local and global issues. Beginning with a detailed look at the steps involved in design thinking, readers are guided through the process so they can design their own solutions to big issues—from the need for healthy food options in schools to the lack of clean drinking water in impoverished communities.
From neighborhoods and schools to the worldwide community, this book explains how design thinking principles can help create communities that give all its members a place and a voice by planning in an inclusive and collaborative way. Beginning with a detailed look at the steps involved in design thinking, readers are guided through the process so they can design their own solutions to the barriers that prevent participation in order to create a truly connected community.
School communities should be accessible, inclusive, and safe places for students of varying backgrounds, abilities, and needs. This important title teaches readers how to use design thinking principles to become positive change-makers in their school communities. Beginning with a detailed look at the steps involved in design thinking, readers are guided through the process so they can design their own solutions to big issues—from inclusivity to bullying to learning needs.
In this fascinating title, readers find out about the food supply chain, fair trade, and how our eating habits affect our health. With debate boxes and contemporary case studies, readers also discover the environmental impacts their food purchases have on the planet.
Physical bullying is the most blatant form of bullying. It includes hitting or kicking the victim, or, taking or damaging the victim's belongings. Physical bullying is more common among males, however females can also be the perpetuators or victims of this form of bullying. This informative title addresses physical bullying from the perspective of the target, the bully, and the bystander. Case studies, statistics, and thought-provoking questions shed light on this issue and provide actionable strategies to prevent it.
Social bullying involves hurting someones reputation or relationships. Also called relational bullying, it includes acts such as social exclusion, spreading rumors, and embarrassing a person in public. It also includes nonverbal acts such as staring, pointing, and making gestures. This revealing title examines why social bullying occurs and provides effective strategies to confront it.
Studies indicate that verbal bullying is more than twice as common as physical bullying. It occurs across all age groups, genders, economic classes, and ethnic groups. Verbal bullying can inflict long-term emotional scars. This informative title examines the causes and consequences of verbal bullying. Readers will learn to identify different kinds of verbal bullying and discover concrete strategies to prevent it.
Autism Spectrum Disorder is a term used to describe a group of developmental disorders that include autism, Asperger Syndrome, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, and others. Many people with these disorders struggle with social interaction and communication. This informative book provides insight into how people diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder experience the world around them and promotes understanding and acceptance. A chapter for friends and family discusses how to handle autism spectrum disorder and its effects on siblings and relatives.
Studies indicate that approximately four percent of adolescents experience serious depression. Depression and other mood disorders such as bipolar disorder occur across all age groups, genders, economic classes, and ethnic groups. This informative title examines the causes and symptoms of depression and other mood disorders and provides information about treatment options. A chapter on caring for others discusses the difficulties young people encounter living with or caring for siblings or parents who are depressed or have a mood disorder.
An estimated 40,000 children are born with a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in the United States each year. The impacts on school and family, and social life are immense. FASDs are a group of disorders and conditions that occur in people whose mothers drank alcohol during pregnancy. This useful title gives an overview of the mental, behavioral, and physical impairments of FASD, as well as new research, treatments and methods for managing behavioral issues. A chapter on caring for others addresses children dealing with parents, siblings, or foster siblings with an FASD diagnosis.
This insightful book examines different types of eating disorders, including anorexia, bulimia, and compulsive overeating, and discusses causes, symptoms, treatment, and prevention. Up-to-date information and firsthand accounts shed light on body image and eating disorders that are becoming increasingly common in adolescence. Practical advice on developing a positive self-image is also included.
Youth gambling has become a serious concern. From online poker and card games, to sports pools and lottery tickets, gambling is more accessible than ever before. This informative and timely book explores the different forms of gambling, reasons why young people gamble, and the dangerous consequences of compulsive gambling. Compelling real-life stories, recent statistics, and research help readers make informed and educated choices about gambling.