- American Psychological Association
Author: Nakkula, M. J., & Toshalis, E.
Publisher: Harvard Educational Pub Group
ABSTRACT: Adolescent development research and theory have tremendous potential to inform the work of high school teachers, counselors, and administrators. Understanding Youth bridges the gap between adolescent development theory and practice. Nakkula and Toshalis explore how factors such as social class, peer and adult relationships, gender norms, and the media help to shape adolescents sense of themselves and their future expectations and aspirations.
- Why do they act that way: A survival guide to the adolescent brain for you and your teen
Author: Walsh, D., & Bennett, N.
Publisher: Atria Books
ABSTRACT: Why Do They Act That Way? is the first book to explain the changes in teens' brains and show parents how to use this information to understand, communicate with, and stay connected to their kids. Through real-life stories, Dr. Walsh makes sense of teenagers' many mystifying, annoying, and even outright dangerous behavioral difficulties and provides realistic solutions for dealing with everyday as well as severe challenges. Dr. Walsh's techniques include, among others: sample dialogues that help teens and parents talk civilly and constructively with each other, behavioral contracts, and Parental Survival Kits that provide practical advice for dealing with issues like curfews, disrespectful language and actions, and bullying. With this arsenal of strategies, parents can help their kids learn to control impulses, manage erratic behavior, cope with their changing bodies, and, in effect, develop a second brain.
- Approaches to positive youth development
Author: Silbereisen, R. K., & Lerner, R. M. (Eds.)
Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd
ABSTRACT: Scientific research and science-guided practice based on the promotion of an individual's strengths constitutes a radical shift in a new and growing area of study within the field of human development. Its trademark term is `positive youth development'. This approach to human development is based on the idea that, in addition to preventing problems, science and practice should promote the development of competencies, skills, and motivation in order to enhance individuals' developmental pathways. Approaches to Positive Youth Development is based on this concept and brings together authors from across Europe and America who are leaders in their respective fields. The main focus of the book, beyond a clarification of the paradigmatic foundations, concerns the major contexts of adolescents and young adults, namely, neighborhoods and leisure locales, school and family, and the major themes of healthy psychosocial development, namely, competences and knowledge, prosocial behavior, transcending problems of delinquency, civic engagement, identity, agency, and spirituality.
- Transitions through adolescence: Interpersonal domains and context
Author: Graber, J. A., Brooks-Gunn, J., & Petersen, A. C.
Publisher: Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum
ABSTRACT: (from the preface) Our focus is on adolescent transitions in 3 domains: the peer system, the family system, and school and work contexts. Interest in adolescence has spanned disciplines; hence, this volume reflects a multidisciplinary perspective. Research and methods from lifespan development, sociology, anthropology, and education provide exemplars of the range of approaches used in understanding the process and transitions of adolescent development. These exemplars encompass the breadth not only of the investigation of adolescence (e.g., from survey research on drug use to ethnographic studies of involvement in criminal activities), but also of individual differences in the experience of adolescent transitions (e.g., from the transition to college and work in White, middle-class youth to the work experiences of urban, African American high school students)...It is our hope that the volume will serve as a resource to investigators across several disciplines as it identifies approaches and recent findings from alternate fields.
- All grown up and no place to go: Teenagers in crisis
Author: Elkind, D.
Publisher: Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley
Elkind's classic on "hurried teens" condemns how society pushes adolescents to assume adult roles too soon. This thorough revision argues that new trends among teens — long work hours, rising violence, and pregnancies — make an even stronger case for protecting adolescents instead of pressuring them. "A valuable tour of adolescent thinking."
- American Psychological Association
Type of Site: organization
The American Psychological Association is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States. APA is the world's largest association of psychologists, with more than 134,000 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students as its members. Our mission is to advance the creation, communication and application of psychological knowledge to benefit society and improve people's lives.
- Child Trends
Type of Site: organization
Child Trends is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research center that provides valuable information and insights on the well-being of children and youth. For more than 30 years, policymakers, funders, educators and service providers in the U.S. and around the world have relied on our data and analyses to improve policies and programs serving children and youth. Our team of experts brings together a range of educational, work, policy and cultural experiences to provide cutting-edge research on issues affecting children from birth to early adulthood. Our work is supported by foundations; federal, state and local government agencies; and by nonprofit organizations.
- National Adolescent and Young Adult Health Information Center
Organization: University of California, San Francisco
- The Search Institute
ABSTRACT: For more than 50 years, the Search Institute has been a leader and partner for organizations around the world in discovering what kids need to succeed. Our research, resources, and expertise help our partners in organizations, schools, and community coalitions solve critical challenges in the lives of young people.
- Extracurricular activities and adolescent development
Author: Eccles, J. S., Barber, B. L., Stone, M., & Hunt, J.
Journal: Journal of Social Issues, Volume 59, issue 4
ABSTRACT: In this article, we summarize: (a) the arguments linking participation in structured leisure activities to positive youth development, (b) our findings on the association of extracurricular activity involvement with both educational and risky behavior outcomes during adolescence and young adulthood, and (c) our findings regarding possible mediating mechanisms of these associations. Participants in most extracurricular activities achieved better educational outcomes than non-participants even after controlling for social class, gender, and intellectual aptitude. Participation in service and religious activities predicted lower rates of drinking and drug use. Participation on school sports teams predicted both better educational outcomes and higher rates of drinking. The mediating mechanisms we discuss relate to identity formation, peer group membership, and attachment to non-familial adults.
- The differential relations of parent and peer attachment to adolescent adjustment
Author: Laible, D. J., Carlo, G., & Raffaelli, M.
Journal: Journal of Youth & Adolescence Volume: 29
ABSTRACT: The present study was designed to examine the relations between parent and peer attachment and adolescent adjustment. 89 adolescents (mean age 16.1 yrs) completed self-report measures of parent and peer attachment, sympathy, academic efficacy, aggression, anxiety, and depression. Adolescents were divided into 4 groups on the basis of their parent and peer attachment scores: those high on both, those low on both, those high on peer but low on parent attachment, and those high on parent but low on peer attachment. Discriminant function analyses revealed that the groups differed only along one dimension, suggesting that parent and peer attachment served similar functions in terms of the adjustment indices measured. Adolescents high on both peer and parent attachment were the best adjusted (i.e., least aggressive and depressed, most sympathetic) and those low on both were the least well adjusted. Furthermore, those high on peer but low on parent attachment were better adjusted than those high on parent but low on peer attachment, suggesting that peer attachment may be relatively more influential on adolescent adjustment than parent attachment.
- Collaborative, community-based research on adolescents: Using research for community change
Author: Small, S. A.
Journal: Journal of Research on Adolescence Volume: 6
ABSTRACT: Examines how collaborative, community research on adolescents can generate local data to guide community policies and programs on behalf of adolescents and contribute to our scientific knowledge base. Discusses the limited utility of the scientific knowledge base for non-researchers interested in promoting youth development at the community level. Presents a collaborative model of community-university research.