Each article is introduced by the editor, and contextualized within the wider debate of developmental psychology and the area of adolescence in particular. The introductions are designed to delineate the importance to each chapter and help guide the reader to sensitive points or issues. They set the stage for a selection of readings on theory, biological growth and development, issues of pubescence, and individual development, together with a variety of social problems that are experienced at this stage in life.
The individual studies bring to life the manner in which adolescent behaviour is investigated, represent some of the most compelling current science that focuses on adolescence, and demonstrate the wide range of creative scholarship that can be found in this are of study. The readings will stimulate thoughts about the study of adolescence and push forward the reader′s understanding of ideas of adolescence.
Introduction: Gerald Adams.
Part I: Theories of Adolescent Development:.
1. Theories of Adolescence: M Berzonsky.
Part II: Development of Self:.
2. Retrospective Survey of Parental Marital Relations and Child Reproductive Development: K Smith and P K Smith.
3. A Cross–National Study on the Relations among Prosocial Moral Reasoning, Gender Role Orientation, and Prosocial Behaviors: G Carlo, S H Koller, N Eisenberg M S Da Silva and C B Frohlich.
4. The Relations among Identity Development, Self–consciousness, and Self–focusing during Middle and Late Adolescence: G R Adams, K G Abraham and C A Markstrom.
5. Classwork and Homework in Early Adolescence: The Ecology of Achievement: C M Leone and M H Richards.
6. Longitudinal Adjustment Patterns of Boys and Girls experiencing Early, Middle, and Late Sexual Intercourse: C R Bingham and L J Crockett.
Part III: Environmental Influences: .
7. Like Father, Like Son? Predicting Male Adolescents′ Adjustment From Parents′ Distress and Self–restraint: L L D′Angelo, D A Weinberger and S S Feldman.
8. Adolescent Girls′ Relationship with Mothers and Best Friends: L A Gavin and W Furman.
9. Work Experience, Mental Health and Behavioural Adjustment in Adolescence: J T Mortimer, M Finch, M Shanahan and S Ryu.
10. The High School ′Junior Theme′: as an Adolescent Rite of Passage: R Larson.
11. Social Context and the Subjective Experience of Different Types of Rock Music. R L Thompson and R Larson.
Part IV: Social Problems:.
12. Alcohol Use, Suicidal Behavior, and Risky Activities Among Adolescents: Michael Windle, Carol Miller–Tutzauer, and Donna Domenico.
13. Internalizing Problems and Their Relation to the Development of Disruptive Behaviors in Adolescence: Rolf Loeber, Mary F. Russo, and Magda Stouthamer–Loeber, and Benjamin B. Lahey.
Part V: A Controversy about Coming of Age in Samoa:.
14. Was Mead Wrong About Coming of Age in Samoa? An Analysis of the Mead/Freeman Controversy for Scholars of Adolescence and Human Development: James E. Coté.