Bradley Hospital helps you deal with difficult parenting issues in these comprehensive reference sections:
Effective DisciplineCurrent attitudes, ideas and help for parents of toddlers, teens and kids in between.En español
Alcohol & Drug AbuseUnderstanding potential problems, signs of abuse, and tips for prevention and intervention.En español
Depression & SuicideRecognize the signs of depression, why kids fall victim and what you can do to help.En español
Teenage PartiesWhat you don't know can hurt you. Tips for parents of hosts and guests. Plus, ideas for a successful bash.En español
Life's Difficult ChangesSymptoms of transitional difficulty in parents and kids and advice for dealing with change.En español
Parent/Child CommunicationFeel like you're from different planets? Here's how to find middle ground.En español
Childhood ChoresWhy household chores are important for kids and teens.En español
Healthful LeisureA little leisure might be just what your family needs. Why leisure time is important and how to add more to your life.En español
Rhode Island Parents' Guide to Children's Mental Health (PDF 5.07mb)Have questions about common children's mental health problems? Download this one-stop resource for those answers plus information about advocacy organizations and support groups.
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Teenagers who suffer from a poor self-image are more vulnerable to peer pressure, and this can result in risk behaviors such as substance abuse.
If a teen feels good about him or herself and is secure in his or her values it can be easier to stand up to peer pressure and say 'No, that's not for me,' without being unduly worried about rejection.
It is often self-confident teenagers, the ones who do not give into peer pressure, that are most enthusiastically accepted by their peers. This is something that individuals with low self-esteem may not realize.
It is often the self-confident teens who say 'no' who are the ones other teens want to follow. Teens who think negatively about themselves may feel the only way to gain acceptance is to follow peers into negative activities.