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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Whether we like it or not, we live in an image-obsessed society. We are inundated with celebrity and media ideals that heavily influence many individuals to strive to attain an unrealistic image and body ideal. This can hurt anyone's self-perception and it can be considerably damaging to teenagers and adolescents, who are still growing. In addition, it may influence them to engage in risk behaviors.
It can be normal for teens to compare themselves to others as they work on arriving at their own unique identities. However, in the area of body image this can take the form of comparing themselves to unrealistic media images.
Children's mental health experts at Bradley Hospital say it is helpful to discuss with teens the ways in which media images are unrealistic due to airbrushing and computerized alterations. It is also important to encourage teens to embrace their unique qualities. Recognizing that there is no one ideal of physical attractiveness helps teens build self confidence.