Synopses & Reviews
Despite the increased focus on self-esteem over the past three decades, depression in children has continued to grow, now affecting a quarter of all kids today. To combat this trend, Dr. Seligman began the Penn Depression Prevention Project, the first long term study aimed at 8 to 12 year olds. His findings were revolutionary, proving that children can be against depression by being taught how to challenge their pessimistic thoughts.
The Optimistic Child offers parents and teachers the tools developed in this study to teach children of all ages life skills that transform helplessness into mastery and bolster self-esteem. Learning the skills of optimism not only reduces the risk of depression but boosts school performance, improves physical health, and provides children with the self-reliance they need as they approach the teenage years and beyond. world of optimists is a bigger world, a world of more possibilities, says Seligman. Filled with practical advice and written in clear, helpful language, this book is an invaluable resource for caregivers who want to open up this world for their children.
Part One. Why Children Need Optimism Chapter 1. The Promissory Note
Chapter 2. From the First Step to the First Date
Chapter 3. Building the Team
Part Two. Where Boomer Child Rearing Went Wrong Chapter 4. The Self-Esteem Movement
Chapter 5. The Epidemic of Depression
Part Three. Is Your Child an Optimist or a Pessimist? Chapter 6. The Fundamentals of Optimism
Chapter 7. Measuring Optimism
Chapter 8. Where Optimism Comes From
Part Four. How to Raise Children to Optimism and Master Chapter 9. The Penn Prevention Program
Chapter 10. Changing Your Childs Automatic Pessimism
Chapter 11. Changing Your Childs Explanatory Style
Chapter 12. Disputing and Decastastrophisizing
Chapter 13. Boosting Your Childs Social Skills
Part Five. The Children of the Twenty-First Century Chapter 14. The Pyramid of Optimism: Babies, Toddlers, and Preschool
Chapter 15. The Limits of Optimism
"The first major work to provide an effective program for preventing depression in childhood--and probably later in life" (Aaron T. Beck, author of "Love Is Never Enough"), "The Optimistic Child" offers parents and teachers the tools to teach children of all ages life skills that transform helplessness into mastery and which bolster self-esteem. Line drawings.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 303-316) and index.
About the Author
Martin E. Seligman is Kogod Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and past president of the division of clinical psychology of the American Psychological Association. He lives in Wynnewood, PA.