Between Form and Freedom

Being a Teenager

Between Form and Freedom
Betty Staley By (author)
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220 pg



Between Form and Freedom offers a wealth of insights about teenagers and a compassionate, intelligent, and intuitive look into the minds of children and adolescents. Betty Staley explores the nature of adolescence and considers teenagers' needs in relation to family, friends, schools, love, and the arts. She also deals with issues of stress, depression, drug and alcohol abuse, and eating disorders.

Since its first publication in 1988, Between Form and Freedom has been reprinted many times and has been published in several languages. This is a valuable guide and inspiration for all parents of teenagers.


“In this excellent book, Betty Staley has given us a compassionate, intelligent and intuitive look into the minds of adolescents.... I can only hope it will be read by a significant number of significant people—namely, parents, teachers, and, indeed, adolescents themselves.” Joseph Chilton Pearce, author of Magical Child and The Biology of Transcendence: A Blueprint of the Human Spirit

Author Bio

Betty Staley has been a Waldorf teacher for over thirty-five years. She directs the Foundation Year and Waldorf High School programs at Rudolf Steiner College. In addition, she has been active in programs for public school teachers and teachers of At-Risk students there. She founded the Multi-cultural Committee of AWSNA.


Joseph Chilton Pearce (1926–2016) was an American author who wrote on human development and child development. He is best known for The Crack in the Cosmic Egg: New Constructs of Mind and Reality (1971); Magical Child: Rediscovering Nature's Plan for Our Children (1977); and Evolution's End: Claiming the Potential of Our Intelligence (1992).