Image and Identity Becoming the Person You Are by L. Kris Gowen, Molly McKenna


Image and Identity Becoming the Person You Are by L. Kris Gowen, Molly McKenna

Psychologists and educators believe that the primary task of adolescence is forming one's identity. Even if teens don't know the whole answer to the question of who they are, perhaps they will have a better understanding of all the things that might make up that answer and feel more comfortable becoming who they will be with the information and guidance this book offers.


...appropriate for adults who work with teens, affording them some insight into young adult lives. The book's aim is to help teens 'figure out who you are.

'Who You Hang Out With,' 'You Body,' 'The Things You Do,'

'The Influences Around You.'

'people who drink don't just do stupid things, sometimes they do dangerous things'). The authors also try to show a teen's viewpoint, such as pointing out positive peer pressure ('you probably already knew your friends can be good for you')... VOYA ...useful information for research topics... -- Sherry Thompson, Flower Mound High School This guide for teenagers provides tools for exploring their developing identities. Some of the aspects of identity covered include family, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, friends, school interests, work, and aspirations. A number of health- and body-related issues are also discussed, including tattoos, plastic surgery, eating disorders, physical disabilities, and steroids. Gowen teaches community health at Portland State U., and McKenna is a psychologist in private practice. Reference and Research Book News'

About the Author

L. Kris Gowen, Ph.D., Ed.M., teaches in the Department of Community Health at Portland State University. She has facilitated online message boards and advice columns where teens ask questions about sex and relationships, and has helped develop several health curricula for high school students.Molly C. McKenna, Ph.D., is a psychologist in private practice in Portland, Oregon, specializing in assessment and treatment of adults and adolescents. She has written and served as a consulting expert for numerous articles on vocational assessment, health psychology, stress management, wellness, and general mental health.

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264 pages


L. Kris Gowen, Molly McKenna
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Publication date

15th July 2005



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