Encyclopedia of Adolescence

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B. Bradford Brown, Mitchell J. Prinstein
Academic Press, Jun 1, 2011 - Psychology - 1294 pages

The period of adolescence involves growth, adaptation, and dramatic reorganization in almost every aspect of social and psychological development. The Encyclopedia of Adolescence offers an exhaustive and comprehensive review of current theory and research findings pertaining to this critical decade of life. Leading scientists offer accessible and easily readable reviews of biological, social, educational, occupational, and cultural factors that shape adolescent development. Issues in normative development, individual differences, and psychopathology/maladjustment are reviewed. Over 130 chapters are included, each covering a specific aspect or issue of adolescence. The chapters trace differences in the course of adolescence in different nations and among youth with different backgrounds.

The encyclopedia brings together cross-disciplinary contributors, including academic researchers, biologists, psychiatrists, sociologists, anthropologists and public policy experts, and will include authors from around the world. Each article features an in-depth analysis of current information on the topic, along with a glossary, suggested readings for further information, and cross-references to related encyclopedia articles. The volumes offer an unprecedented resource for all audiences, providing a more comprehensive understanding of general topics compared to other reference works on the subject.

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  • Brings together cross-disciplinary contributors, including developmental psychologists, educational psychologists, clinical psychologists, biologists, psychiatrists, sociologists, anthropologists and public policy experts
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Media Influence
Mentor Relationships
Middle School
Literacy and Reading Behavior
Creativity in Adolescence

Adolescent Gambling
Adolescent Sibling Relations
Achievement Motivation
Sexually Transmitted Infections
Anxiety Disorders
Attention DeficitHyperactivity Disorder
Depression and Depressive Disorders
Autonomy Development
Adolescent DecisionMaking
What Is Competent DecisionMaking?
Body Dysmorphic Disorder
A Developmental Perspective
Brain Development
BullyVictim Problems during Adolescence
Civic and Political Engagement
Career Development
Chronic Illness
Cognitive Development
CognitiveBehavioral Therapy for Adolescents
EthnicRacial Identity among Minority Youth
Disabilities Physical
Discrimination Racial and Ethnic
Eating Disorders
Emotion Dysregulation
Maltreatment and Adolescence
Emotional Development
Initiation Ceremonies and Rites of Passage
Executive Function
Family Relationships
Developmental Psychopathology
Gender Roles
Internet and Other Interactive Media
The History of the Study of Adolescence
Home Environment
Hormones and Behavior
Immigrant Issues
Impulsivity and Adolescence
Intellectual Disabilities Mental Retardation
Quantitative Research Methods
Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Depressed Adolescents
Multisystemic Therapy
The First Phase of the Scientific Study of Adolescence
Developmental Psychopathology
Nutrition in Adolescence
Psychopharmacology in Adolescents
Adolescents Experience of Parental Divorce
Parenting Practices and Styles
Cultural Influences on Adolescent Development
Peer Relations
Personality Traits in Adolescence
Popularity and Social Status
Autism and Aspergers
An Evolutionary Perspective
RiskTaking Behavior
Foster Care
Romantic Relationships
Runaway Teens
SchooltoWork Transitions
Schools and Schooling
SelfDevelopment During Adolescence
Sexual Orientation
Sexuality Education
Social Cognition
Social Competence
Social Intelligence
Social Support
Spirituality Religion and Healthy Development in Adolescents
Sport Participation
Stages of Adolescence
Psychopathology Models
Addictions in Adolescence
Vocational Training
Subject Index
Author Index
Globalization and Adolescence

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About the author (2011)

Dr. Bradford Brown is Professor of Human Development and former Chair of the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He received an A.B. in sociology from Princeton University and Ph.D. in human development from the University of Chicago before joining the faculty of the University of Wisconsin in 1979.

Dr. Brown's research has focused on adolescent peer relations. He is especially well known for his work on teenage peer groups and peer pressure and their influence on school achievement, social interaction pasterns, and social adjustment. He is the former Editor of the Journal of Research on Adolescence and a past member of the Executive Council of the Society for Research on Adolescence. He also chaired (2006-2008) the SRA Study Group on Parental Involvement in Adolescent Peer Relations. He is the co-editor or co-author of five books, including The Development of Romantic Relationships in Adolescence (with Wyndol Furman and Candice Feiring), The World's Youth: Adolescence in 8 Regions of the Globe (with Reed Larson and T. S. Saraswathi), and Linking Parents and Family to Adolescent Peer Relations: Ethnic and Cultural Considerations (with Nina Mounts). Dr. Brown has served as a consultant for numerous groups, including the Carnegie Council on Adolescent Development, the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, the National Academy of Sciences Board on Science Education as well as the Board on Children, Youth and Families, and the Blue Ribbons Schools program of the U.S. Department of Education.

Mitchell J. Prinstein, Ph.D. is a Bowman and Gordon Gray Distinguished Term Professor and the Director of Clinical Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Miami and completed his internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the Brown University Clinical Psychology Training Consortium.

Dr. Prinstein's research examines interpersonal models of internalizing symptoms and health risk behaviors among adolescents, with a specific focus on the unique role of peer relationships in the developmental psychopathology of depression and self-injury. He is the PI on several past and active grants from the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute of Child and Human Development, and several private foundations. He has served as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, an editorial board member for several developmental psychopathology journals, and a member of the NIH Study Section on Psychosocial Development, Risk, and Prevention. Mitch has received several national and university-based awards recognizing his contributions to research (American Psychological Association Society of Clinical Psychology Theodore Blau Early Career Award, Columbia University/Brickell Award for research on suicidality, APA Fellow of the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology), teaching (UNC Chapel Hill Tanner Award for Undergraduate Teaching), and professional development of graduate students (American Psychological Association of Graduate Students Raymond D. Fowler Award).