Stephen M. Gavazzi is Dean and Director of The Ohio State University at Mansfield. He also is a Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Science at The Ohio State University. Over the past twenty-five years, Professor Gavazzi has been involved in research that focuses on how families influence the healthy development of teenagers. Also a trained family therapist, Dr. Gavazzi has developed and evaluated a number of family-based programs that inform his books. As the father of four sons, he also understands the private side of how families work during this period of life.