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The Self-Driven Child

William Stixrud PhD, Ned Johnson

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Authors William Stixrud, Ph.D., and Ned Johnson explore the brain science behind stress, explaining why building a child’s self-motivation is key to a successful future.


The Self-Driven Child

The Self-Driven Child

by William Stixrud PhD


More than ever, young people are stressed, unmotivated, and struggling with anxiety and depression. What can parents do to help them? According to Ned Johnson and William Stixrud, Ph.D., the answer to adolescent stress lies in giving children a better sense of control over their lives.

In The Self-Driven Child: The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives, authors Stixrud and Johnson advise parents on how to develop a child's sense of control. Stixrud is a clinical neuropsychologist and Founder of The Stixrud Group, a private practice dedicated to helping adolescents. Johnson is a public speaker, teen coach, and Founder of PrepMatters, a tutoring service in Washington, DC.

This book uses brain science, statistics, and personal anecdotes to provide practical ways for both parents and their children to combat adolescent stress, anxiety, and depression.

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Adolescents and young adults today are five to eight times more likely to experience the symptoms of an anxiety disorder than young people were at earlier times, including during the Great Depression.

- William Stixrud, Ph.D., and Ned Johnson

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