READING REPORT 1
PRESENTED TO PROFESSOR PATRICK GILLEN
IN PARTIAL FULLFILLMENT OF YOUT 301-D02
July 12, 2015
Understanding today’s youth culture of behavior can be difficult. And it is important for parents, teachers, and youth leaders to know that while it may be difficult to understand the culture our children are immersed in, it is not impossible. This is the point Lee Vukich and Steve Vandegriff make as they outline fifty-three disturbing, potentially shocking behaviors displayed by teens today. Within the 211 pages of the text Disturbing Behavior, adults may rightfully glean how to recognize specific disturbing behaviors that control many teen lives.
The authors begin their informative text with the popular issue of abortion, ending with Wicca (alphabetically not topically). Their purpose in writing is not to merely inform but to equip adults with the tools necessary for recognizing certain sinful behaviors and thwarting damaging teenage actions. In informing, Vukich and Vandegriff do not merely list and describe certain behaviors but remind parents and leaders of their responsibility to be good role models. Much of the disturbing behavior exhibited by teens can be attributed children growing up seeing hypocrisy among adults in word and action. Children will not grow into making good decisions unless “parents continually model standards of conduct while discussing notions of right and wrong with their children”.1
One common theme throughout the book is that of secular society’s influence over today’s teens. Many kids know that much of their behavior is wrong and chose to do wrong based upon wanting, needing acceptance and perhaps fear. In addressing these issues, the authors offer parents and leaders good actionable advice. “Parents cannot stop being parents because their kids are in...