All Grown Up and No Place to Go: Teenagers in Crisis

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Da Capo Press, 1998 - Family & Relationships - 290 pages
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Once our society set aside time for adolescents to grow from children to adults, to become accustomed to their expanding bodies and minds. Now the markers that defined passage—differences in dress, behavior, and responsibilities—have vanished. The institutions that guarded adolescence, such as family and schools, now expect “young adults” to deal with adult issues. Those trends leave teens no time to be teens.All Grown Up and No Place to Go spotlights the pressures on teenagers to grow up quickly. The resulting problems range from common alienation to self-destructive behavior. Quoting teenagers themselves, Elkind shows why adolescence is a time of “thinking in a new key,” and how young people need this time to get used to the social and emotional changes their new thinking brings. Many of his ideas, such as the “imaginary audience” that makes teens so self-conscious, have become seminal in adolescent psychology.Already there are more than 175,000 copies of All Grown Up and No Place to Go in print. In this thoroughly revised edition, Elkind also explores the “post-modern family” in which teenagers are growing up. He helps parents and those who work with youth and understand teens in crucial ways, because the root of so many adolescent frictions is the gap between what teenagers need and what our culture provides.
  

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Contents

Teenagers in Crisis
4
Thinking in a New Key
26
Perils of Puberty
56
Peer Shock
82
Vanishing Markers
112
The Postmodern Permeable Family
136
Schools for Scandal
164
Stress Identity and the Patchwork Self
190
Teenage Reactions to Postmodern Stressors
216
Helping Teenagers Cope
240
Services for Troubled Teenagers
267
References
269
Index
279
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About the author (1998)

David Elkind, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus at Tufts University and the author of a dozen books, including The Hurried Child and All Grown Up and No Place to Go. He lives outside of Boston and on Cape Cod.

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