Social Interactions in Adolescence and Promoting Positive Social Contributions of Youth

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Richard M. Lerner, Daniel F. Perkins
Taylor & Francis, 1999 - Family & Relationships - 318 pages
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An attitude of hope prevails in this collection of previously published articles on adolescent interpersonal relationships, which recognizes that there are policies and programs that can enhance the development of adolescents and their social behaviors. Articles cover friendship, parenting practices, life stress, and concepts of romance, as well as

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The Development of Personality Self and Ego in Adolescence
Adolescents and Their Families
Risks and Problem Behaviors in Adolescence
Social 1nteractions in Adolescence and Promoting Positive Social Contributions of Youth
Parenting Practices and Peer Group Affiliation in Adolescence
Life Stress Social Support and Locus of Control
Concepts of Romance in 15YearOld Adolescents
Adolescents Development of Romantic Friendship
Longitodinal Adlustment Patierns of Boys and Girls
A Prospective Analysis
The Significance
for the 21st Century The Role of Research
Promoting Competent Young People
Community Service and PoliticalMoral 1dentity in Adolescents

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Richard M. Lerner is the Bergstrom Chair in Applied Developmental Science and the Director of the Applied Developmental Science Institute in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Development at Tufts University. A developmental psychologist, Lerner received a Ph.D. in 1971 from the City University of New York. He has been a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences and is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Psychological Association, and American Psychological Society. Prior to joining Tufts University, he held administrative posts at Michigan State University, Pennsylvania State University, and Boston College, where he was the Anita L. Brennan Professor of Education and the Director of the Center for Child, Family, and Community Partnerships. In 1994-95, he held the Tyner Eminent Scholar Chair in the Human Sciences at Florida State University. He is author or editor of 55 books and more than 360 scholarly articles and chapters. He edited Volume 1 ("Theoretical Models of Human Development") for the fifth edition of the "Handbook of Child Psychology". He is the founding editor of the "Journal of Research on Adolescence" and "Applied Developmental Science". He is known for his theory of, and research about, relations between life-span human development and contextual or ecological change. Lerner has done foundational studies of adolescents' relations with their peer, family, school, and community contexts and is a leader in the study of public policies and community-based programs aimed at the promotion of positive youth development. With Sage, he authored "America's Youth in Crisis: Challenges and Options for Programs and Policies" (1995), co-edited the four-volume "Handbook of Applied Developmental Science", and is co-editing the two-volume "Encyclopedia of Applied Developmental Science".

Daniel Perkins received his PhD from Michigan State University. He is currently Professor of Family and Youth Resiliency and Policy at Penn State University. His research interests include adolescent and family development; assets, risk and protective factors; collaboration and community development; contextual influences on development; evaluation of prevention and intervention programs; civic engagement in youth; prevention science; risk behaviors and resiliency; theories of adolescence; and youth development. Dr Perkins is currently involved in two major prevention projects. The first involves assessing the effectiveness of a model for the diffusion of empirically-validated prevention programs for adolescent substance abuse and mental health. The project is underway in fourteen communities in Iowa and Pennsylvania. The second study focuses on strategies for strengthening the ability of after-school programs to promote citizenship, skills and positive youth behavior in order to prevent delinquency and substance abuse.

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