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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Review: The Case Against Adolescence: Rediscovering the Adult in Every Teen

User Review  - Mike - Goodreads

Author argues that the extension of childhood that began in the era of Jane Addams and which has lengthened in the last 30 years has infantilized our teens. They spend all their time with their peers ... Read full review

Review: The Case Against Adolescence: Rediscovering the Adult in Every Teen

User Review  - Shaun - Goodreads

While I don't agree with everything Epstein says, I think he builds up an interesting case on why adolescents have been seen as a problem, specifically in America. His solution is to give them more ... Read full review

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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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