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Coping in a dysfunctional family
Jamiolkowski, Raymond M.
Personal Author:
Revised edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Rosen Pub. Group, [1998]

Physical Description:
151 pages ; 24 cm.

Discusses different causes of family problems, including physical and emotional abuse, overprotection, depression or mental illness, and perfectionism, and suggests ways of dealing with each situation.
Reading Level:
960 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 7.2 5.0 12910.

Reading Counts RC High School 7.2 8 Quiz: 14005 Guided reading level: NR.
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Twelve types of dysfunctional families are depicted to help teens identify the problems in their own families. Teens learn how to try to change or help their families, or if that is not possible, how to cope within the family.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 6 Up-Jamiolkowski defines a dysfunctional family as one that does not adequately meet the needs of its members for survival, safety and security, growth, and the opportunity to develop skills for independent living. Case histories focus on possible contributing factors such as emotional abuse, neglect, overprotection, sexual abuse, perfectionism, an abusive sibling relationship, the presence of a physically or mentally handicapped sibling, and compulsive gambling. Also discussed are the special problems of single-parent and two-career parent families. The author suggests options for teens trapped in difficult and potentially damaging situations and proposes strategies for successful management and for protection. A clear style and a calm, practical approach make this title highly readable and useful. The author comforts, encourages, and reassures readers. In the rapidly expanding world of nonfiction problem titles and ``coping'' books, many published by Rosen, this is an excellent entry, covering many facets of its subject with respectful attention to each.-Libby K. White, Schenectady County Public Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.