Out of the Woods: Tales of Resilient
Teens, by Stuart T. Hauser, Joseph P. Allen, and Eve Golden.
Cambridge: Harvard University Press. 2006.
Supplement says that Out of the Woods "blasts an exciting new route to
understanding the process of human resilience."
"Stories of individuals overcoming great obstacles to succeed in life no
doubt cast their spell on audiences long before they were recorded in
books. The power such tales hold will captivate readers of Out of the
Woods. . . . The book serves as a powerful reminder of the
phenomenon of resilience and the compelling rationale for understanding
resilience well enough to facilitate it." (Ann
S. Masten in Nature, volume 443, 14 September 2006 -- the review
is not available online except to subscribers).
From the jacket:
"This is one of the most important books
on recovery from teenage mental illness that I have ever seen. Out of
the Woods shows powerfully that the question of who succeeds and who
fails to recover is a question not for biochemical analysis and drug
treatment, but for dedicated therapeutic faith and understanding. The
more attention this powerful book gets, the better."
—Joanne Greenberg, author of I Never Promised You a Rose Garden
account of how and why a group of very troubled teenagers were able to
turn their lives around as they entered adulthood. The authors'
impressive insight into these unexpected changes should bring hope and
new understanding to educators and clinicians—and also to worried
—Judith S. Wallerstein, author of What About the Kids? Raising
Children Before, During, and After Divorce
been a puzzle. We have seen it as either the reflection of some positive
trait—IQ, say—or the result of good experiences. This highly engaging
book focuses on the processes associated with resilience. . . . Anyone
working with young people will find much food for thought in this
—Sir Michael Rutter, author of Helping Troubled Children
of the Woods is now (March 2008) out in paper from HUP.