• Summary
  • Contents
  • Subject index

The uniqueness of Child and Adolescent Life Stories lies in the multiple perspectives drawn from youth, their parents, and their teachers. These perspectives provide a range of lenses through which a student or beginning teacher may view child and adolescent development. The complex processes of development occur within a social context, and therefore a professional teacher, administrator, or school psychologist will need to be able to view developmental stages from youths’ perspectives as well as from their various social settings.

Talisha: Overcoming Loss with a New Family
Talisha: Overcoming loss with a new family
Primary and Secondary Issues
Primary Issues:Secondary Issues:
  • Death of parent, guardianship assumed by neighbor
  • Effect of maternal addiction to cocaine
  • Single-parent family
  • Support systems, extended family and neighbors
  • Academic motivation
  • Sibling relationships
  • Attachment
  • Religion
  • Educational reform and low-income schools
  • Middle school education

“I call her Mom because she has taken care of me for such a long time.” This is the way 13-year-old Talisha, a bright-eyed African American girl, describes her guardian, Barbara Williams. This is no surprise to Barbara, who says with a smile that Talisha “totally relates to me as her mom.” Talisha's biological mother, Monique Stewart, was addicted to crack when Talisha was born. Her addiction overlapped her pregnancy, causing Talisha to be born “positive,” according to Barbara. Talisha was ...

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