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The Parents' Guide to Psychological First Aid


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Adolescent Issues - Body image and physical appearance concerns (both sexes)Adolescent Issues - Cigarettes, alcohol, drugsAdolescent Issues - Dating - boy/girlfriends - breakupsAdolescent Isuses - Driving (readiness and safety)Adolescent Issues - Self Injury (Should I be worried about suicide risk?)Eating Problems - Introducing foods; Weaning children children from bottlesEating Problems - Overeating and obesity Eating Problems - Picky eating (and concern about Anorexia) Sleep Issues: Bedtime resistance; nightmares; not sleeping in own bedToileting - Normal DevelopmentToileting - Problems [Enuresis and Encopresis]Health - Dental visitsHealth - Hygiene problems (Refusal to bathe, brush teeth, etc.)Health - Medical procedures (immunization, blood draw, surgical prep)Health - Medical treatment (adherence issues, as with medication)Family Issues - Birth of siblingFamily Issues - Blended FamiliesFamily Issues - Communication (parental conversations with an uncommunicative child)Family Issues - DivorceFamily Issues - Non-Traditional FamiliesFamily Issues - Secrets: (communicating with children on sensitive issues)Family Issues - Sibling rivalryFamily Issues - Temper tantrums and noncomplianceFamily Issues - Traveling (including first plane ride; long car rides; handling family vacations) Family Issues - Witnessing parental argument or domestic violenceAnxiety related - Fears (of dark, insects, etc.)Anxiety related - Imaginary friendsAnxiety related - Self-esteem (fostering and improving)Anxiety related - Separation anxiety issues (parent going out; parent away on business trip; child leaving home, sleep overs, camp)Anxiety related - Shyness/social anxietyAnxiety related - Situational and performance anxiety/test anxietySchool Issues - Application process: including high school, collegeSchool Issues - Avoidance and refusalSchool Issues - Performance and report cardsSchool Issues - Starting a new schoolSchool Issues - Conflict with teacherSchool Issues - Beginning school; first day of school (including daycare) or school transitionsSexuality - Gay/Lesbian - coming out and copingSexuality - Infant/Todler (Masturbation/Self-Stimulation)Sexuality - Preschool and school aged (Sex ed, sex play)Sexuality - Adolescent (Puberty, safe sex)Social/Peer Issues - Bullying (victimization and fighting with peers, physical/verbal, teasing)Social/Peer Issues - Change in caregivers (introducing nanny or babysitter)Social/Peer Issues - HomesicknessSocial/Peer Issues - Making friendsSocial/Peer Issues - Moving away (family relocation)Social/Peer Issues - Racial differences; religious differences (diversity issues)Social/Peer Issues - Sportsmanship and competitionUnique Stressors - Death and loss (by age and affective intensity-- pet, peer, parent, etc.) Unique Stressors - Disasters (coping with natural and human made)Finale - Serious or Persistent Problems (How can I tell when my child needs professional help?)

About the Author

Gerald Koocher is Dean of the School for Health Studies, Simmons College. He is a past president of the American Psychological Association and the author of Ethics in Psychology, Psychologists' Desk Reference, and The Clinician's Guide to Evidence-Based Practices. Annette La Greca is Professor of Psychology at the University of Miami. She is editor of the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology and author of Helping Children Cope With Disasters and Terrorism.


"This book is by far the most user-friendly parents' guide for managing the day-to-day predicable crises that their children face as a normal part of life. Any parent could instantly find meaningful information that they could use immediately for practically any child problem. As a parent and a clinical professional, I highly recommend this book to all parents and parents-to-be as an extremely helpful guide with pragmatic advice on successfully managing the normal crises in your children's lives." --Doody's

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