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Issue #236 (March/April 2013) issue cover
Family
A Survival Guide

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The author has always been close to her dad, but their relationship becomes combative as she gets older. How can she get him to see she’s more than daddy’s girl? (full text)

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As she starts high school, Deisy wants her overprotective mom to back off and treat her like an adult. But is she acting like one? (full text)

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Because her older sister is mentally ill, the author feels a lot of pressure from her family to support her sister but she knows at some point she should be able to focus on herself. (full text)

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YCteen staff interview therapist Russell Sanders about coping with a mentally ill family member. (full text)

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After the Sandy Hook school shooting, the author worries whether her own brother might be capable of a similarly violent rampage, and advocates for better treatment for mental illness. (full text)

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New laws make it harder for mentally ill people to get access to guns--but the system needs to help people before they become a threat. (full text)

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Linda questions whether the New York City Police Department’s stop-and-frisk policy does more harm than good. (full text)

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When Marco’s grandmother arrives from Ecuador to help out the family, he’s skeptical. But over time, they form a close bond. (full text)

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HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection, but few teens know its risks—including its link to certain cancers. (full text)

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As a child, Christine was close to her cousin Daniel, who has a developmental disability. She later mentors young adults with disabilities. (full text)

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Essay contest winners imagined they were the president’s top advisers on climate change policy. (full text)

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Otis has little memory of his biological dad, but the brief time he had with a loving adoptive father taught him lessons he still remembers. (full text)

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Melanie freaks out about applying for college. By talking to her friends and mentors, she realizes that it’s OK not to have everything figured out during her senior year. (full text)

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The author longs for a stronger relationship with his mentally ill, alcoholic father. (full text)
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