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Why Do They Act That Way? - Revised and Updated

A Survival Guide to the Adolescent Brain for You and Your Teen



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About The Book

This anniversary edition—revised and updated—goes beyond raging hormones and peer pressure to explain why adolescents act the way they do and what parents and teachers can do about it.

Why Do They Act That Way? was the first book to explain the scientific, brain-based reasons behind teens’ impulsive behavior, lack of focus, self-consciousness, territoriality, fatigue, and their quickness to anger and take risks—to name just a few common teen problems.

Now, award-winning psychologist Dr. David Walsh has updated this classic with the latest research into the adolescent brain and the new challenges that they face with social media and the 24/7 online world. With practical advice and reassuring guidance, Walsh provides realistic solutions for dealing with every day and major challenges. As a parent, psychologist, coach, and trusted expert, Dr. Walsh offers the best advice to help adolescents thrive and parents survive.

About The Author


David Walsh, Ph.D., is one of the world’s leading authorities on children, teens, parenting, family life, and the impact of technology on children’s health and development. He founded the internationally renowned National Institute on Media and the Family. He is on the faculty of the University of Minnesota and lives in Minneapolis with his wife, Monica. They have three adult children and five grandchildren. 

Product Details

  • Publisher: Atria Books (June 3, 2014)
  • Length: 336 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781476755571

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Raves and Reviews

"A powerful, practical book on the teenage brain. Walsh is a storyteller with the gifts of simplicity and clarity. This book is an easy read, but its message is fresh, nuanced, and important. I recommend it to all parents who ask themselves, 'Why do they act this way?'"
-- Mary Pipher, Ph.D., author of Reviving Ophelia

"You'll finish it feeling as if you've just had coffee with someone who is not only entertaining and enlightening but who knows exactly how it feels to be the mom or dad of a twenty-first-century teen."
-- Cheryl Dellasega, Ph.D., author of Surviving Ophelia

"Parents will find the book immensely informative,reassuring, and useful. I highly recommend it!"
-- Edward Hallowell, M.D., author of Driven to Distraction and The Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness

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