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The Price of Privilege

How Parental Pressure and Material Advantage Are Creating a Generation of Disconnected and Unhappy Kids

by Madeline Levine

The Price of Privilege by Madeline Levine
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  • Published in USA  Jul 2006
    256 pages
    Genre: Advice

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Why so many unhappy teenagers?

Madeline Levine has been a practicing psychologist for twenty-five years, but it was only recently that she began to observe a new breed of unhappy teenager. When a bright, personable fifteen-year-old girl, from a loving and financially comfortable family, came into her office with the word empty carved into her left forearm, Levine was startled. Behind a veneer of achievement and charm, many teens suffer severe emotional problems. What is going on?

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"She is particularly useful when explaining common parenting dilemmas...alas, those who need her most may be too busy shopping ." - PW
"In this insightful book, Levine eschews the temptation to dismiss problems of privileged teens as overindulgence." - Boolist

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