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Teen Torment: Overcoming Verbal Abuse at Home and at School Paperback – March 1, 2003


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Adams Media Corporation (March 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580628451
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580628457
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #289,206 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Evans is the author of several books about verbal abuse, beginning with The Verbally Abusive Relationship (1992). Here she targets the minefields of teen behavior in a book for parents, teachers, and teens to share. In her first section, which defines verbal abuse, Evans revisits some of the material in her previous titles, but she shows how teens are particularly affected: verbal abuse impairs the self-confidence and self-knowledge necessary to develop into healthy, functioning adults. And she discusses the role of verbal abuse in violent behavior. In the book's second half, Evans looks specifically at verbal abuse in the media, on the sports field, at home, and in school, and she closes with a section on stopping verbal abuse, with separate chapters for parents, teachers, teens, and "boyfriends and girlfriends." Evans' approach is more practical and anecdotal than scientific, using approachable language enhanced with plenty of checklists, charts, and an appended resources section. The result is an easily digested, empowering guide to identifying and curbing damaging behavior and to strengthening communication in general. Gillian Engberg
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"A great, great book." -- Sonya Friedman of CNN for The Verbally Abusive Relationship

"A groundbreaking new book." -- Newsweek for The Verbally Abusive Relationship

"Great advice about how to stand up for yourself!" -- Anne Rule, author of Every Breath You Take, for Controlling People

More About the Author

Patricia Evans is the bestselling author of five books, including The Verbally Abusive Relationship, Verbal Abuse Survivors Speak Out, Controlling People, The Verbally Abusive Man: Can He Change? and Victory Over Verbal Abuse. She has appeared on Oprah, CNN, national radio, and in Newsweek and O, The Oprah Magazine. She has spoken to groups throughout the US, Canada, Madrid at the "Commission for the Investigation of Violence Against Women" and in five cities in Australia. Patricia lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and can be reached via her website at www.VerbalAbuse.com.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By John Haroldson on December 30, 2003
Format: Paperback
There is nothing that a survivor of verbal abuse wants more than to spare their children the devastation of a lifetime exposure to verbal abuse. Unfortunately, for those who have not felt it, or cannot wrap their mind around the concept and articulate it, the concept of verbal abuse, and its devastating effects, can seem very abstract. Teen Torment, as I read it, took the concept of verbal abuse, presenting it and analyzing it in a context that everyone has experienced (as a teen). Teen Torment presents an analysis of verbal abuse in a context which anyone who has experienced teen life has lived through. Thus making the concept of verbal abuse less abstract, and far easier to grasp and understand. The beauty of this approach is that once a person learns to identify verbal abuse in the context of teen life, they are much better prepared to recognize it in the context of intimate relationships. An added bonus is that a victim in a verbally abusive relationship can read this book without drawing the critical attention of the abuser, as the title (Teen Torment) does not immediately reveal a topic which the abuser, at first glance, might find threatening. In short, this is a great book on verbal abuse that has application to all people who seek to gain a greater understanding of verbal abuse, and particularly for parents who desire to spare their children from the torment of verbal abuse.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 3, 2003
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Provides a great reference in understanding verbal abuse and what a devestating impact it has on a teen. Many adults can relate to this too and perhaps see themselves as victims from their past. This book will also help others evaluate their "blind spots" and recheck verbal messages they are sending. "Everyone" should read this!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 12, 2004
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this is a good read for anyone who has to deal with verbal abuse. I feel like the title is a little misleading, as I have found this book very helpful in dealing with my mother and I am 28 yrs old. Although, I wish this book had been around when I was a teen, it probably would've made growing up with an abusive parent a lot easier. It is very insightful and gives helpful advice on recognizing patterns and "tricks" and also dealing with the verbal abuse. I also feel like I will be a better parent myself for reading this book. Much thanks to the author !
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Badkitty5961 on January 14, 2013
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I went thru this 40 years ago and at 52 am just coming out of the damages it caused.
Wish I or my parents had this as a guide back then.
Schools should be using this.
My next door neighbors little 13yr old boy is just now starting to go thru this...I'm going to buy a copy for his mom. Hope this helps even a little avoid or help navagate thru a very sensitive situation that can scar a person for life!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Morning Star on October 16, 2012
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This book has been enormously helpful in my work with teens and their parents enlightening them of the great damage to self worth that bullying and "teen torment" can cause. This author is always sensitive and caring, upfront about issues that are difficult to look at but as parents, grandparents and counselors we must grasp if we are to be helpful to our teens in their efforts to recover from being tormented in places that should be safe for them. Thank you for this opportunity, I have recommended this book to my clients.
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