The Case Against Adolescence: Rediscovering the Adult in Every Teen

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Quill Driver Books, 2007 - Psychology - 490 pages
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This groundbreaking book argues that adolescence is an unnecessary period of life that people are better off without. Robert Epstein, former editor-in-chief of Psychology Today, shows that teen turmoil is caused by outmoded systems put into place a century ago which destroyed the continuum between childhood and adulthood. Where this continuum still exists in other countries, there is no adolescence. Isolated from adults, American teens learn everything they know from their media-dominated peers—“the last people on earth they should be learning from,” says Epstein. Epstein explains that our teens are highly capable—in some ways more capable than adults—and argues strongly against “infantilizing” young people. We must rediscover “the adult in every teen,” he says, by giving young people adult authority and responsibility as soon as they can demonstrate readiness. This landmark book will change the thinking about teens for decades to come.
  

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This is a really interesting book. It's saying that we have so many problems with children and teens because we treat them like children instead of intelligent human beings capable of taking on ... Read full review

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User Review  - Susie - Goodreads

Very interesting. Epstein makes the case that we artificially keep our adolescents out of the adult world, and that take away from them the chance to grow up and take on what they are ready for. Read full review

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About the author (2007)

Robert Epstein, Ph.D. (San Diego, CA) is Editor-in-Chief of Psychology Today, host of the magazine's nationally-syndicated radio show, and University Research Professor at United States International University. Dr. Epstein holds a Ph.D. from Harvard and his research has been reported in Time, The New York Times, and Discover. His popular articles have appeared in The Washington Post and Reader's Digest.

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