from other authors and prominent professionals

Bullying, school safety, sexual assault: topics that parents don't want to think about but sadly are part of our culture and keep us up at night. WARNING SIGNS is a must-read guide for parents and any youth advocate who cares about children and wants to keep them safe and reduce risk.— Michele Borba, Ed.D. Educational psychologist and author of UNSELFIE: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World. 

Finally — a comprehensive and well-researched exploration of the broad range of interpersonal, intra-personal, familial, social, cognitive, emotional, and environmental factors that contribute to youth violence, debunking the idea that mental illness or any one single influence is primarily to blame. Moreover, the authors point out innumerable warning signs in the form of a young person’s behavior, attitude, social tendencies, and responses to challenging situations and the like that parents, clinicians, and educators can use to identify at-risk adolescents or young adults, as well as determine fitting opportunities for intervention. In addition, the “Finding the Words” sidebars included in each chapter are gifts to parents, giving them the specific words to use with their children when sharing the concerns they might have been harboring for months or even years.—Janet Sasson Edgette, Psy.D., LLC, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, author of  Stop Negotiating with Your Teen: Strategies for Parenting your Angry Manipulative Moody or Depressed Adolescent

Parents have many nightmares, but among the worst is the bad dream in which their child becomes a 'statistic' in the toll of American violence, be it as a victim or a perpetrator. This book will give parents some of the concepts, data, and tools to help them sleep better. Knowledge is power, and this is an empowering book. As someone who spends a lot of his time listening to real life stories of violence I appreciate what Johnson and Berdahl have accomplished here."—James Garbarino, PhD, author of Listening to Killers: Lessons Learned From My 20 Years as a Psychological Expert Witness in Murder Cases

Linking facts and stories about young victims and perpetrators to powerful, protective tools, this groundbreaking guide is essential for parents and others working with youth who want to help keep kids safe and reduce societal violence. I highly recommend it. —Daniel L. Clay, PhD, psychologist, Dean of the College of Education at the University of Iowa, author of Helping Schoolchildren with Chronic Health Conditions: A Practical Guide

The scourge of violence and aggression makes headlines way too often. Warning Signs: How to Protect Your Kids from Becoming Victims or Perpetrators of Violence and Aggression provides valuable and practical information on how to stop it. It should be at the fingertips of parents, educators, youth workers, policy makers—anyone who cares about kids. I highly recommend it.  —David Walsh, Ph.D., Psychologist and author of Why Do They Act That Way? - Revised and Updated: A Survival Guide to the Adolescent Brain for You and Your Teen.  

Warning Signs: How to Protect Your Kids from Becoming Victims or Perpetrators of Violence and Aggression is a veritable 'how to' manual for parents, educators, mental health practitioners and youth service workers who want to better understand youth violence and more importantly, who seek practical action steps to prevent tragic outcomes.  Warning Signs is a must read for those who want to better protect youth.  Dr. Johnson and Dr. Berdahl have done society a tremendous service in painstakingly researching and writing Warning Signs.  After thirty-five years in the field, I still learned valuable new information from reading Warning Signs.  I found the book to be an extremely beneficial read. —Michael DornExecutive Director of Safe Havens International and the author of 27 books on school safety. Read more here

Warning Signs is a comprehensive, contemporary, and compelling resource for parents, teachers, and professional educators – a significant contribution to the conversation about what children need from parents, schools, and society. The practical guidance is grounded in professional literature, research, and best practices. It is a solid resource for parents, mental health professionals, educators, and community leaders.—Sandy Magnuson, Ed.D., co-author of Counseling Children and Adolescents in Schools.