Adolescents embody the best hopes of American society. Their vital role in shaping our future lends particular significance to their success in negotiating the passage from childhood to adulthood, while their intensity and visibility often make them barometers of social change. It is all the more remarkable, then, that this critical period has only recently captured the full attention of researchers.
At the Threshold presents the long-awaited findings of the Carnegie Foundation study on adolescence. It offers a comprehensive overview of what investigators are learning about normal development and provides an interdisciplinary synthesis of research into the biological, social, and psychological changes occurring during this key stage in the life span. While focusing on the contexts of adolescent life - social and ethnic, family and school, leisure and work-it also addresses how researchers are doing in the effort to understand the intersection of processes that initiate and sustain adolescent development and to characterize the extraordinary changes that occur during these years.
Contrary to popular belief, large numbers of young people continue to mature into productive members of society. At the Threshold seeks to allow professionals and nonprofessionals alike important access to the reality of normal adolescent experience. The authors recognize that only if we begin to understand and clearly articulate the parameters of successful adolescent development can we hope to intervene with those individuals whose lives seem aimed toward unsatisfactory futures.
“An impressive and useful volume that will have a major impact on the field.”—Dale A. Blyth, Executive Secretary of the Society for Research on Adolescence, and Director, American Medical Association Center for Adolescent Health Analysis.
1. Capturing the Adolescent Experience
Glen R. Elliott and S. Shirley Feldman
PART 1: BASIC FOUNDATIONS
2. The Role of Pubertal Processes
Jeanne Brooks-Gunn and Edward O. Reiter
3. Adolescent Thinking
Daniel P. Keating
PART 2: CONTEXTS
4. Historical Perspectives
John Modell and Madeline Goodman
5. Challenges in Studying Minority Youth
Margaret Beale Spencer and Sanford M. Dornbusch
6. Coming of Age in a Changing Family System
Frank F. Furstenburg
7. Peer Groups and Peer Cultures
B. Brandford Brown
8. Schools and the Adolescent
Doris R. Entwisle
9. Leisure, Work, and the Mass Media
Gary Alan Fine, Jeylan T. Mortimer, and Donald F. Roberts
PART 3: PSYCHOSOICAL ISSUES
10. Autonomy, Conflict, and Harmony in the Family Relationship
11. Friendship and Peer Relations
Ritch C. Savin-Williams and Thomas J. Berndt
12. Motivation and Achievement
Valanne L. Henderson and Carol S. Dweck
14. Self and Identity Development
15. Stress, Coping. And Adaptation
Stuart T. Hauser and Mary Kay Bowlds
16. Problems Behaviors
17. Adolescent Health
Susan G. Millstein and Iris F. Litt
18. Youth in Relation to Social Institutions
19. Progress and Promise of Research on Adolescence
S. Shirley Feldman and Glen R. Elliot
About the Authors:
Shirley Feldman is at Stanford University, where she is professor of Human Biology, Senior Research Scientist in Child Psychiarty, and Deputy Director of the Stanford Center for the Study of Families, Children, and Youth.
Glen R. Elliott is Associate Professor and Director of Child and Adolescent Psychology, University of California, San Francisco.