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Author(s): Joel Epstein

ISBN13: 9781568385716

ISBN10: 1568385714

Publisher: HAZELDEN

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  • Difficult roommates. Alcohol and drug use. Money matters. Academic pressure. Helping your college-bound child make healthy choices-in the midst of newfound freedoms and unprecedented excesses-presents an entirely new area of parenting challenges. Joel Epstein, a scholar and leader in the field of post-secondary student affairs, offers parents friendly and practical advice about assisting their children with the transition to college life.

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    Targeting parents of the college-bound, Epstein (former associate director, U.S. Department of Educations Higher Education Ctr. for Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention) considers many issues, including course selection, student credit cards, and the titular sex and drugs. The dramatic title belies Epsteins gentle intent: "keeping open the lines of communication with your child will increase the probability that your child chooses the right school and makes the most of the college experience." Although he does include some abbreviated lists, like questions to ask administrators, (e.g., "Is alcohol sold on campus?"), this is not a how-to guide. Instead, it encourages thoughtful consideration of the multitude of issues facing college students and insightfully weaves material from interviewees pinpointing these concerns. Something along the lines of Dr. Ruths Guide to College Life (LJ 10/1/00) should be considered as a practical guide. While this will be eye-opening for some ("Gosh, there are raves on campuses?"), and most will find something of value, the book addresses many issues broadly instead of few substantively.

    - Library Journal. Douglas C. Lord, Connecticut State Lib., Hartford



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