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Background reading for a paper Good balance between narrative and framework. I had to read this book for my class on counseling youth It was a thought provoking book even though I do not agree with everything that was said I think many of the points are over exaggerated, and we must all remember that the book was based on interviews of kids at one school in CA I believe. Hurt Provided A Vivid And Insightful View Into The World Of Today S Teenagers Now Leading Youth Ministry Expert Chap Clark Substantially Updates And Revises His Groundbreaking Bestseller Over , Copies Sold HurtFeatures A New Chapter On Youth At Society S Margins And New Material On Social Networking And Gaming Each Chapter Has Been Thoroughly Revised With New Research, Statistics, Quotations, And DocumentationPraise For The First Edition Based On Solid Research And Years Of Insightful Observation, Hurt Offers A Deep And Penetrating Look Into The Contemporary Adolescent Experience That Will Serve Us Well As We Work To Have A Prophetic, Preventive, And Redemptive Influence On The World Of Today S Youth Culture Walt Mueller, Center For Parent Youth Understanding A Daring Yet Hopeful Glance Into The Underworld Of Teen Promiscuity, Self Mutilation, And Suicide A Groundbreaking Resource For Parents, Youth Ministers, And Counselors ForeWordClark S Classic Book Is Highly Recommended By Youth Workers And Educators Who Write About Teenage Stress It Is Foundational Reading That Provides Valuable Insight Into The Hurting Hearts Of Young People YouthWorker Journal Clark Has Been Stepping Inside The World Of Teenagers For Many Years This Book Is A Unique Invitation For Us To Join Him In Their World When We Finish This Journey, We Will Care About Kids And Understand Who They Are And The Challenges They Face Denny Rydberg, Young Life Drawing Together Research From Many Others Along With His Fresh Exploration Into The World Beneath, Clark Paints A Compelling Picture Of Adolescent Life This Book Is A Must Read For Anyone Who Has Any Contact With Adolescents Journal Of Youth Ministry As a former youth pastor I was always extremely frustrated that other youth pastors very rarely, if ever, read books on adolescent development Most of the books consumed by youth pastors I knew were pretty shallow They were filled with ideas about event and programs and contained horrible exegesis This book was one of the few exceptions Very good information for anyone working with, or raising teenagers. Dear Lord, Hurt was a letdown This book was another that I borrowed from my roommate, in what I thought would be an almost hate read of some nonsense guidance about how to talk to adolescents from, naturally, a middle aged white man To my chagrin, it ended up being exactly that, despite it starting out strong, touting itself as a study and research of what author Chap Clark calls the world beneath, that intangible realm in which adolescents live and function The book started off interesting, as it proposed to examine the life of teenagers and their struggles, but it quickly went downhill, being yet another example of an adult trying to understand kids but having no idea how to approach it and by that I mean he appeared to have no idea how to talk to kids, let alone write a study on them.Clark spent most of the book talking about his study He d say things like, During my study I learned or This study emphasized the point that but he was never actually the one to prove, explain, or quantify anything Instead, he pulled from researchers and half assedly added a few observations of his own, scattered in with some quotes supposedly from the high schoolers he was studying, although I was skeptical that some of them would have conveniently said exactly what he wanted them to say Then, when the topics of sex, partying and lying cheating came up, Clark became extremely old fashioned and judgmental, blaming adolescents for engaging in behaviors that he had literally just said were responses to their society and surroundings Some supportive adult figure, huh Good work, buddy, I m sure this is going to help teens connect with you .I m only eight years out of high school, and although my high school experience wasn t as traumatic as Clark makes it sound and thus probably not really the kind of subject he wanted in this book even I can identifywith teenagers now than Chap Clark did, despite his supposedly intensive study into their lives It was actually only a few months Psht Nothing Clark said was ground breaking or enlightening, and he never offered anything insightful about how to fix situations especially when it came to himself and his pre conceived nothings He still took the moral high ground and acted better than all the adolescents he claimed he wanted to be learning about and understanding. If this book were 50 pages instead of 250, I might give it another star It reads like an academic paper that is trying to reach a popular readership, and in my opinion it doesn t succeed.The author s main objective is to show how mid adolescents have been abandoned by society in general and by adults in particular and as a result, are facing unprecedented challenges to healthy development According to the author, two of the main sources of this abandonment relate to families First, the decline of stable marriages and the increase of cohabitation and divorce have deprived many kids of a stable family Second, recent social revolutions such as the sexual revolution of the 1960s and the gender revolution of our times, have made it difficult for kids to form a stable identity and morality As a result of this abandonment, many mid adolescents lack stable and nurturing relationships with adults, and so must look elsewhere for support This leads many mid adolescents to form unhealthy relationships and to create a secret life hidden from adults that involves behavior startlingly opposed to their public life and values e.g promiscuous and dangerous sexual activity, drugs, cheating, lying, unhealthy friendships Worst of all, many of these young people seem unable or unwilling to admit there is anything wrong with living a life of radical duplicity I found the author s argument persuasive, and I especially appreciated his first hand accounts of the teenagers he studied and the frightening double lives many seemed to lead This book is a wake up call for na ve parents who think that their kids are sheltered from the moral confusion, identity crisis, relativism, and sexual immorality of 21st century American culture In my opinion, the book suffers from three problems First, it is way too long cut the lengthy introductory remarks to every section and sub section Second, the author frequently switches between speaking as a sociologist where he is credentialed and speaking as a guy sharing his own opinions and advice Even though his stated purpose was not to give solutions but to identify the problems and help his audience see through the eyes of modern kids, he ends up giving a lot of personal advice Third, it is unclear exactly how representative the data pool for the author s study was and thus, how generally applicable his observations are.My main takeaway parents, spendtime with your kids, love them, set healthy boundaries, place their happiness before your own, and don t be so na ve as to think that they aren t being exposed to the same junk that everyone else is Spoke to a passion for teenagers that I didn t realize I had. Quintessential youth ministry read But Gen Z is very different from the research in this book So some parts of this are too dated. I read this book as a teenager about fourteen or fifteen I read it again when I was nineteen, and I plan on reading it again As a teenager, I thought this book was comforting It was nice to know that someone out there understood In a world where adults make claims such as I was a teenager once, and it wasn t that hard , it s confusing for a lot of kids What adults tell their children, and what they expect life to be like for their kids, isn t always what it ends up being Something is different from when they were teens There s something harsh about today s teenage world, something that s farsevere and heavy than what older generations experienced In this book, Chap Clark explains it clearly When I have teens, I hope I can look back on this book Because even if the next generations changes from my generation, and even if this book doesn t apply to future teens, it at least puts into perspective the type of attitude parents should have I encourage ANYONE who has problems with handling teenage years, whether you re a parents, teacher, or a teenread this book It s eye opening. As part my training at a boys home, I read six books in one week on bringing up teenagers In comparison, this one is average Clark does a good job of explaining what teenagers need and why his research for the book wisely included much personal contact with youth Yet most of his observations and suggestions are common to several other books.The stand out idea I took from this book Adults have profoundly let down today s youth thus the title, Hurt Time spend with significant adults, especially parents, provides the most important environment for healthy adolescent development, Clark writes.My two thoughts about this idea 1 This is not really news to anyone, and 2 For the person reading this book alone not for work or an organization it leaves him feeling insufficient and unable to really help One fan, even a great one, is not enough, writes Clark While this may be true, it s nearly impossible to do anything about it alone On its own, the book was a good read, but there are othersinformative and practical I recommend one like Raising Cain instead.