Adolescence: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | June 1, 2016

byPeter K Smith

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Adolescence is a turbulent period to live through, and a time of importance and concern to parents, teachers, and social workers. Marking the transition from the world of childhood to adult life, the adolescent faces many challenges and opportunities, including forming their own identity,relating to often conflicting demands from parents and peers, and negotiating first romantic relationships. In this Very Short Introduction, Peter K. Smith provides an engaging and informative overview of what we know and what we are learning about adolescence. Including both a guide to the classical research that has informed our knowledge, as well as the results of the modern research into thecontemporary adolescent experience, Smith examines a number of aspects of adolescence, including the cultural and historical context, the biological changes to the adolescent brain, and the controversies that adolescence brings.ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, andenthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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Adolescence is a turbulent period to live through, and a time of importance and concern to parents, teachers, and social workers. Marking the transition from the world of childhood to adult life, the adolescent faces many challenges and opportunities, including forming their own identity,relating to often conflicting demands from paren...

Peter K Smith is Emeritus Professor of Psychology at the Unit for School and Family Studies, Goldsmiths, University of London, U.K. He is author of Children and Play (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010) and Understanding School Bullying: Its Nature and Prevention Strategies (Sage Publications, 2014). He is co-author of Understanding Children's Deve...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:152 pagesPublished:June 1, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199665567

ISBN - 13:9780199665563

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Preface1. Adolescence as a life stage2. Puberty: body and brain changes3. Cognitive aspects of adolescence4. Relationship changes: parents and peers5. Leisure pursuits and adolescents in the cyberworld6. Risk taking in adolescence7. Mental health in adolescence8. Romantic developmentFurther ReadingIndex