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The Science of Making Friends


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DVD Contents vii Foreword John Elder Robison xi Preface xiii Acknowledgments xv About the Author xvii Part One Getting ready 1 Why Teach Social Skills to Teens and Young Adults? 1 Part Two The Science of Developing and Maintaining Friendships 2 Finding and Choosing Good Friends 17 3 Good Conversations: The Basics 51 4 Starting and Entering Conversations 97 5 Exiting Conversations 121 6 Managing Electronic Communication 145 7 Showing Good Sportsmanship 179 8 Enjoying Successful Get-Togethers 199 Part Three The Science of Handling Peer Conflict and Rejection: Helpful Strategies 9 Dealing with Arguments 231 10 Handling Verbal Teasing 247 11 Addressing Cyber Bullying 267 12 Minimizing Rumors and Gossip 281 13 Avoiding Physical Bullying 307 14 Changing a Bad Reputation 323 Epilogue: Moving Forward 341 How to Use the DVD 348 Bibliography 349 Index 359

About the Author

Elizabeth A. Laugeson , Psy.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist and assistant clinical professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior.

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