Seventy deeply troubled teenagers spend weeks, months, even years in a locked psychiatric ward. They're not just failing in school, not just using drugs. They are out of control - violent or suicidal, in trouble with the law, unpredictable, and dangerous. Their futures are at risk. Twenty years later, most of them still struggle. But astonishingly, a handful are thriving. In their own impatient voices, "Out of the Woods" portrays edgy teenagers developing into thoughtful, responsible adults.
Stuart T. Hauser is Senior Scientist at the Judge Baker Children's Center and Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School. Joseph P. Allen is Professor of Psychology at the University of Virginia. Eve Golden trained in psychiatry and is a writer and independent scholar in Cambridge, Mass.