Adolescent Development and Rapid Social Change: Perspectives from Eastern Europe

Adolescent Development and Rapid Social Change: Perspectives from Eastern Europe

by Judith L. Van Hoorn, Akos Komlosi, Elzbieta Suchar, Doreen A. Samelson
     
 

Hungarian and Polish adolescents discuss the recent social, political, and economic transitions in their countries and how these events have impacted their communities, homes, and personal lives.

In times of dramatic social changes, adolescents are the last children of the old system and the first adults of the new. The Hungarian and Polish adolescents

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Hungarian and Polish adolescents discuss the recent social, political, and economic transitions in their countries and how these events have impacted their communities, homes, and personal lives.

In times of dramatic social changes, adolescents are the last children of the old system and the first adults of the new. The Hungarian and Polish adolescents documented in this book can be considered the omega-alpha generation of the great social, political, and economic changes that occurred during the late 1980s and early 1990s in central and eastern Europe. Adolescent Development and Rapid Social Change addresses the psychological consequences for these young people who came of age during a time of such uncertainty.

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Library Journal
The 1990s was a decade of rapid economic, social, and political change for Eastern Bloc countries. While much has been written about the political and economic changes, little has been written about what effect the turmoil will have on the youth of the era--termed the alpha-omega generation. The authors believe that by studying the youth during this period we will be able to determine how they will react as citizens and leaders. Ultimately, the children experienced so much change in such a short period of time that the authors feel that their decisions and judgments will be forever affected. Moreover, it will take several generations before political moderates emerge. Van Hoorn previously studied the effects of nuclear threat on adolescents and used a similar approach in studying youth in Hungary and Poland. She and her associates, psychologists specializing in development, surveyed students and then interviewed them. The methodology is well documented, and the interviews are very thorough and contextual. Well suited for coursework in sociology, psychology, child development, or cultural anthropology, this work is recommended for academic libraries and large public libraries.--Sandra Isaacson, US EPA/OAO Corp., Las Vegas Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
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Three psychologists and a law scholar highlight adolescents in Hungary and Poland that they say were the last children of the old system and will be the first adults of the new. They examine the relationship between the development of individuals and the changing historical time and national context in which that development occurs. Through interviews in P<'e>s, Budapest, and Gdansk, they explore adolescent views of their changing society, and the effects of the change on themselves, their families, their cities, and their nation. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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“Too often, youth are treated as non-actors or as relatively secondary in importance, when in many situations of political conflict and change they have a significant impact. This book breaks new ground by inviting us to think about how adolescents, already in a time of intense personal development and change, react in times of turbulent and rapid political and economic change.” — Michael Wessells, Randolph-Macon College

“The topic of this book is highly significant, because so many countries in Eastern Europe and other parts of the world are currently undergoing major changes in their political system. The related questions of how young people experience this change and how they can be socialized to function successfully as citizens in a democracy are crucial to understanding and bringing about peace in individual countries as well as the world.” — Petra Hesse, Wheelock College

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791444733
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
03/01/2000
Pages:
319
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

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