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In this eye-opening, provocative, and essential book, clinical psychologist Madeline Levine examines why teenagers from affluent, loving families are experiencing epidemic rates of depression, substance abuse, and anxiety disorders.

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In recent years, numerous studies have shown that bright, charming, seemingly confident and socially skilled teenagers from affluent, loving families are experiencing epidemic rates of depression, substance abuse, and anxiety disorders—rates higher than in any other socioeconomic group of American adolescents. Materialism, pressure to achieve, perfectionism, and disconnection are combining to create a perfect storm that is devastating children of privilege and their parents alike.

In this eye-opening, provocative, and essential book, clinical psychologist Madeline Levine explodes one child-rearing myth after another. With empathy and candor, she identifies toxic cultural influences and well-intentioned, but misguided, parenting practices that are detrimental to a child's healthy self-development. Her thoughtful, practical advice provides solutions that will enable parents to help their emotionally troubled "star" child cultivate an authentic sense of self.

"Well-organized chapters help parents understand how to take the time and show the patience to help their children realize their potential." ---Library Journal

"[S]chool guidance counselors should be happy to have this clear, sensitive volume on their bookshelves." ---Publishers Weekly

"In this insightful book, Levine eschews the temptation to dismiss problems of privileged teens as overindulgence." ---Booklist

The Price of Privilege

How Parental Pressure and Material Advantage Are Creating a Generation of Disconnected and Unhappy Kids

Author Madeline Levine, Ph.D

Narrated by Jo Anna Perrin

Publication date Sep 29, 2015

Running time 9 hrs

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