|Kurz, Demie, PhD|
Demie Kurz is Professor of Women's Studies and Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania. She is writing a book on how parents and teenagers negotiate the teenage years. She focuses on the dilemmas parents face in raising teenage children. Parents are often blamed if teenage children have problems. The popular media, as well as scholars, fail to take into account that parents can't control many things that affect teenagers as they grow up-- mediocre or poor schools, the wide availability of drugs and alcohol, school schedules that are at odds with the work schedules of parents, advertisers who target teenagers with endless consumer items. Popular and scholarly works also fail to take into account the difficulties teenagers face. In this book, Dr. Kurz addresses the dilemmas faced by parents and teenagers and argues that we must change our view of families during the teenage years and provide more social supports for families.
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