- 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."
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- Child Trends
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Child Trends is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization dedicated to studying children, youth, and families through research, data collection, and data analyses. Child Trends conducts basic research and evaluation studies in several critical areas, including: teenage pregnancy and childbearing; the effects of welfare and poverty on children; issues related to parenting, family structure, and family processes, including fatherhood and male fertility. Child Trends gathers data on the major indicators of children's health and well-being, analyzes trends in these data over time, and works to develop new or improved indicators of child and family well-being. Child Trends develops and tests new conceptual and methodological approaches for studying emerging areas of research and seeks to improve upon, expand, or refine existing measurement instruments.
- 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 nonresearchers interested in promoting youth development at the community level. Presents a collaborative model of community-university research.