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Resources For Teens

About the Teen Years

Adolescents are adjusting to the changes their bodies are undergoing and working to establish a sexual identification. They are searching for personal identity and exploring the boundaries of freedom and independence of thought, However they continue to be dependent upon their parents and suffer feelings of loss in separating from them. In reaction to this they identify with their peers and tend to yield to peer pressure and conform to peer group values, behavior, and tastes in such things as clothing, food, and entertainment.

Does This Situation Describe Your Concern?

The Center for Work and Family Life is available to help in the following ways:

  • practicing better self-care
  • activating and expanding your support sytem
  • applying and integrating the information found in these book & web resources into your daily living
  • connecting you with providers or community resources that specialize in this topic

Please call CWFL to request personalized assistance on this topic

Our phone is 213-821-0800

Reading List Notations:

Green font indicates books that have been read by Center for Work and Family Life staff.

The Center does not specifically recommend or endorse any particular literature, nor does the absence of books from this list represent a recommendation against such works.

The Center for Work and Family Life would like to thank and give credit to the Stanford University Faculty and Staff Help Center, which was instrumental in helping to assemble this reading list.

Web Resources Notations:

The links listed are being provided as additional resources for you. Most of these are not affiliated with the Center for Work and Family Life.

Neither the Center, nor the University, is responsible for these websites, their content or the referral information they provide. As such, we encourage you to be an educated consumer in using the links to take you to the resources available for that topic.

If you have any questions, comments or find information on this page that is incorrect or no longer current, please contact us at (213) 821-0800 or at

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Smoking Cessation

Books for teens about adolescence

Bell, Ruth (1998). Changing Bodies, Changing Lives: A Book for Teens on Sex and Relationships. Times Books; 3rd Revision edition

Gordon, Sol (1981). The Teenage Survival Book. New York: Time Books.

Packer, Alex (1993). Bringing up Parents: The Teenager's Handbook. Minneapolis, MN: Free Spirit Publishing.

Riera, Michael (1997). Surviving High School. Berkeley, CA: Celestial Arts Press.