Adolescence: Growing Up in America Today

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Oxford University Press, Aug 3, 2006 - Psychology - 272 pages
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Adolescence: Growing Up in America Today is a follow-up to Joy Dryfoos' landmark study, Adolescents at Risk. The new volume takes a close look at the lives of young people, identifies their problems, and addresses solutions based on state-of-the-art prevention and treatment. Dryfoos and Barkin examine major aspects of adolescent life -- sex, violence, drugs, health, mental health, education, and quality of life. Reviewing successful prevention programs and policy studies, they demonstrate that we know what to do to prevent high risk-behaviors and that there are many similarities across domains.
 

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Contents

Why Look at Teens in the 21st Century?
3
Status of Youth Today
15
Sex
25
Violence and Delinquency
59
Drugs
97
Health and Mental Health
125
Education
149
Quality of Life
189
Summing It Up
215
WorstCase Scenario for the Future
235
Positive Scenario for the Future
245
Index
255
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Joy G. Dryfoos has received support from major foundations since 1981 for the youth-at-risk project, focusing on prevention programs related to sex, drugs, violence, and school failure. She has written 6 books and more than 100 articles on teenagers and on full-service community schools. Dryfoos is on the Steering Committee of the Coalition for Community Schools and the Boston Roundtable for Full Service Schools. She lives in Brookline, Massachusetts. Carol Barkin has written 35 books for children and young adults and 6 books for adults, both novels and nonfiction. Her best-known book for adults is When Your Kid Goes to College, which helps parents through this trying, though exhilarating, transition. Barkin is also a freelance editor and book doctor with a particular interest in the social sciences and psychology. She lives in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York.

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