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Adolescence: A Very Short Introduction

Peter K Smith

May 2016

ISBN: 9780199665563

152 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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Very Short Introductions

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Adolescence can be a turbulent period. Encompassing both classic and modern research, Smith explores its cultural and historical context, the biological changes to the adolescent brain, and the difficulties - the search for identity, relationship changes, risk-taking and anti-social behaviours - that adolescence brings.

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Adolescence can be a turbulent period. Encompassing both classic and modern research, Smith explores its cultural and historical context, the biological changes to the adolescent brain, and the difficulties - the search for identity, relationship changes, risk-taking and anti-social behaviours - that adolescence brings.

  • Defines what adolescence is and when it occurs
  • Considers adolescence as a life stage - encompassing puberty, cognitive changes, and the search for identity; relationship changes; leisure activities; risk-taking and anti-social behaviours; adolescent mental health and romantic development
  • Adopts an interdisciplinary perspective to the topic, incorporating approaches from biology, anthropology, developmental psychology, and sociology
  • Explores the cultural and historical context of adolescence
  • Part of the bestselling Very Short Introductions series - over seven million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

Peter K Smith, Emeritus Professor, Goldsmiths, University of London

Peter K Smith is Emeritus Professor of Psychology at the Unit for School and Family Studies, Goldsmiths, University of London, U.K. He is author of Children and Play (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010) and Understanding School Bullying: Its Nature and Prevention Strategies (Sage Publications, 2014). He is co-author of Understanding Children's Development (Wiley-Blackwell, 5th ed. 2011), and co-editor of the Handbook of Childhood Social Development (2nd ed., Wiley-Blackwell, 2010) and Cyberbullying through the new media: Findings from an international network (Hove: Psychology Press, 2013). He is currently Principal Investigator of a European-Indian Network Project on Bullying, Cyberbullying, and School Safety and Wellbeing (2012-2015).

Table of Contents

    Preface
    1:Adolescence as a life stage
    2:Puberty: body and brain changes
    3:Cognitive aspects of adolescence
    4:Relationship changes: parents and peers
    5:Leisure pursuits and adolescents in the cyberworld
    6:Risk taking in adolescence
    7:Mental health in adolescence
    8:Romantic development
    Further Reading
    Index

Reviews

"Through a clear and fairly accessible language, Smith has created a concise and useful vade mecum on adolescence." - Sara Pisani, The Psychologist