The Myth of Maturity by Terri Apter
What Teenagers Need from Parents to Become Adults

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What do young people at the threshold of adulthood really need and want? Why do so many responsible and motivated teenagers become young adults who are still dependent, financially and emotionally, on their parents? Why are many young people today so quick to leave childhood behind, but so slow to become adults?

In this wise and compassionate book, Terri Apter debunks outdated and misguided ideas about maturity: Acting in the name of love, many parents withdraw emotional or practical support, thinking it best for a son or daughter to solve his or her own problems—even to suffer alone the consequences of mistakes. Apter shows us that young adults actually need a parent's guidance and support, while also requiring respect and independence. Based on carefully observed case studies and current research, this book describes how we can support young people through a crucial stage in their development.

About Terri Apter

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Terri Apter is a social psychologist and researcher at Cambridge University in England.
Published June 1, 2001 by W. W. Norton & Company. 288 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Parenting & Relationships, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Parents often withdraw from their college-age children—yet these are the years when a parent's guidance is particularly important, argues Apter (The Confident Chil

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