When Kids Hurt offers challenging insights on hard truth about contemporary adolescence to youth workers and parents in this accessible followup to the groundbreaking Hurt. To get below the surface of why teens are struggling, Chap Clark spent a year...
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When Kids Hurt offers challenging insights on hard truth about contemporary adolescence to youth workers and parents in this accessible followup to the groundbreaking Hurt.To get below the surface of why teens are struggling, Chap Clark spent a year in a high school interviewing dozens of students about their families, social lives, loneliness and insecurities. Turns out adults have abandoned kids to navigate the increasingly long and arduous transition to adulthood on their own to devastating effect. Unable to cope, teenagers retreat to their own world of youth culture with which few adults care enough to engage.What's really going on in the hidden world of today's teenagers?
To get below the surface, Chap Clark spent a year in a high school and interviewed dozens of students about everything from their families and social lives to their loneliness and insecurity. An alarming picture emerged: adults have abandoned kids to navigate the ever-lengthening and ever more difficult transition to adulthood on their own, and the results are devastating. Unable to cope with the pressures of expectations and hurt of abandonment, teenagers retreat to their own world of youth culture to survive, and few adults care enough to engage them there.
Here Clark and Rabey sum up the provocative research, which was detailed in Clark's bestselling book Hurt, and lay out practical ways caring adults can have a profound impact on teens. This book is an essential guide for youth pastors and volunteer leaders, educators, counselors, parents, and all adults seeking to reach out to today's adolescents.
"When Hurt came out, it changed the landscape of youth ministry. In When Kids Hurt, Chap Clark and Steve Rabey have taken us on the next step of the journey--to helping us know how to respond to kids who have been neglected and, in Chap's words, 'systematically abandoned.'"--Doug Fields, pastor to the life development team, Saddleback Church
"Chap and Steve have done us all a huge favor--parents and practitioners alike--by taking us deeper into the reality of adolescent brokenness while providing us with practical suggestions on how to move toward a 'fix.'"--Walt Mueller, president, Center for Parent/Youth Understanding
"This book helps adults get inside the mind and life of adolescents like no other."--Jim Burns, president, HomeWord, author of The Purity Code
"Chap Clark and Steve Rabey have captured the pain of adolescents better than anyone I know. The first time I read this book, I couldn't put it down."--Kara Powell, executive director, Fuller Youth Institute
"This is must reading for parents and youth workers alike."--Wayne Rice, cofounder, Youth Specialties
Chap Clark is vice dean for the School of Theology and Regional Campuses Master's Programs and professor of youth, family, and culture at Fuller Theological Seminary. He is senior editor of YouthWorker Journal and the author of several books, including the award-winning Hurt, and Disconnected, a book for parents.
Steve Rabey is an award-winning writer and editor who has authored or collaborated on over twenty books. He is the editor of YouthWorker Journal.Chap Clark is vice dean for the School of Theology and Regional Campuses Master's Programs and professor of Youth, Family, and Culture at Fuller Seminary; senior editor of Youthworker Journal; and the author of several books on adolescence, parenting, and youth ministry.
Steve Rabey is an award-winning writer and editor who has authored or collaborated on over twenty books. He is currently the managing editor of Youthworker Journal.
Chap Clark's groundbreaking Hurt: Inside the World of Today's Teenagers revealed the hard truth about contemporary adolescence: societal changes and systemic abandonment have left teenagers struggling to navigate the ever lengthening and ever more difficult transition to adulthood without caring adults.
When Kids Hurt offers these challenging insights to youth workers and parents in a more accessible form, with greater focus on how adults should respond. Practical sidebars and application sections, contributed by other youth experts, provide additional insights into youth culture and how adults can better guide adolescents into adulthood. This book will be an important resource for youth workers, parents, counselors, and others who work with youth.
Steve Rabey is a freelance journalist whose recent articles have appeared in the New York Times and Christianity Today. He is the coauthor of the CBA bestseller Rachel's Tears, a book about a young girl who was killed at Columbine in April 1999. He is alsp the author of 101 Most Powerful Prayers in the Bible and 101 Most Powerful Promises in the Bible. -Editorial Review.
Chap Clark (Ph.D., University of Denver) is professor of Youth, Family and Culture at Fuller Theological Seminary and is director of youth ministry programs. Chap is also the executive administrator at Glendale (California) Presbyterian Church, a youth ministry volunteer for Young Life, and a consultant to schools, denominations, and parachurch organizations.
His publishing credits include The Youth Worker's Handbook to Family Ministry; Daughters and Dads: Building a Lasting Relationship (coauthor); Four Views of Youth Ministry and the Church (coauthor); Deep Ministry in a Shallow World (2006, co-authored with Kara Powell), and Hurt: Inside the World of Todays Teenagers (2004, 2011) a CBA finalist for Book of the Year, available in Spanish and Cantonese),