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  • ID: 1752501
  • Book
  • March 2010
  • 568 Pages
  • Elsevier Science and Technology
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This edited textbook will be appropriate for use in advanced undergraduate and graduate level courses and will serve as a comprehensive and timely introduction to the field of adolescent development, providing students with a strong foundation for understanding the biological, cognitive and psychosocial transitions occurring during adolescence. While certain normative biological and cognitive processes are relevant for all youth, development varies dramatically based on a youth's position in society. The volume will focus on contextual factors such as culture, racial identity, socioeconomic position and sociopolitical and historical events, highlighting the impact such factors have on the physiological and psychological processes and treating them as key elements in understanding development during this life stage. The authors will cover the major theoretical positions (both historical and contemporary) about adolescence as well as the relevant research and application. Additionally, modern phenomena - the ever-increasing influence of pop culture (i.e. Hip Hop), mass media and technology (i.e., the internet, gaming) and the evolution of family, education and the church - will be explored in depth. Each chapter will be written by a known expert in the field.

- More extensive analysis of cultural, political and socioeconomic factors impacting development than competing texts- Research-to-Practice section covers evidence-based research on practice implementation

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Preface Foreword

1. Sociopolitical Contexts of Development

Unit 1: Developmental Transitions 2. Physiological Activity During Adolescence 3. Cognitive Development for Adolescents in a Global Era: A Social Justice Issue? 4. Adolescent Psychosocial Processes: Identity, Stress and Competence

UNIT 2: Contexts of Development: Socialization Process 5. A Contemporary History of the Church, Hip Hop, and Technology: Their Influence on African American Youth Development 6. Leisure and Technological Influences 7. Adolescents and Schooling: Differences by Race, Ethnicity, and Immigrant Status 8. Foundations of Faith 9. Multicultural Perspectives of Self and Racial/ Ethnic Identity 10. Immigration and Well-being 11. Socializing Relationships 12. Critical Health Issues During Adolescence

UNIT 3: Confronting Normative Challenges: Risk, Resilience, Privilege & Coping 13. Rebirth: From Adolescence to Adulthood 14. Social Contexts and Adolescent School Engagement 15. Spirituality: Religious & Spiritual Development in Adolescents

UNIT 4: Structuring and Facilitating Supportive Systems 16. From Research to Practice:  The Treatment of Adolescent Psychopathology 17. Understanding Adolescence: A Policy Perspective 18. Program Considerations for Youth-focused Professionals


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Swanson, Dena Phillips
Edwards, Malik C.
Spencer, Margaret Beale
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