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Adolescents embody the best hopes of American society. Their vital role in shaping our future lends particular significance to their success in negotiating the passage from childhood to adulthood, while their intensity and visibility often make them barometers of social change. It is all the more remarkable, then, that this critical period has only recently captured the full attention of researchers.

At the Threshold presents the long-awaited findings of the Carnegie Foundation study on adolescence. It offers a comprehensive overview of what investigators are learning about normal development and provides an interdisciplinary synthesis of research into the biological, social, and psychological changes occurring during this key stage in the life span. While focusing on the contexts of adolescent life - social and ethnic, family and school, leisure and work-it also addresses how researchers are doing in the effort to understand the intersection of processes that initiate and sustain adolescent development and to characterize the extraordinary changes that occur during these years.

Contrary to popular belief, large numbers of young people continue to mature into productive members of society. At the Threshold seeks to allow professionals and nonprofessionals alike important access to the reality of normal adolescent experience. The authors recognize that only if we begin to understand and clearly articulate the parameters of successful adolescent development can we hope to intervene with those individuals whose lives seem aimed toward unsatisfactory futures.

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Editorial Reviews

Dale A. Blyth
An impressive and useful volume that will have a major impact on the field.
Library Journal
Funded by the Carnegie Foundation, this book is a summary of groundbreaking research. Individual chapters are written by leading authorities on adolescence from the fields of education and social science and cover issues ranging from the biological to the historical and sociocultural roots of adolescence. The chapters are somewhat uneven but are generally scholarly, and yet written so as to be accessible to interested laypersons. Of particular relevance are those that put an up-to-date focus on the problems of minority youth. Given the volume's strengths, it is disappointing that many of the chapters are somewhat redundant and too often have a bland atheoretical ``scientific'' focus. Statistical generalities about the ``normal'' adolescent predominate over the excitement (and, yes, turmoil) of the non-normative individual. The book is therefore of greatest interest to scholars in related social sciences.-- Paul Hymowitz, New York Medical Coll.
Presents findings of the Carnegie Foundation study on adolescence. Offers an overview of what investigators are learning about normal development and provides an interdisciplinary synthesis of research into the biological, social, and psychological changes occurring during this key stage in the life span. Focuses on the contexts of adolescent life--social and ethnic, family and school, leisure and work. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674050365
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1990
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 656
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Shirley Feldman is at Stanford University, where she is professor of Human Biology, Senior Research Scientist in Child Psychiarty, and Deputy Director of the Stanford Center for the Study of Families, Children, and Youth.

Glen R. Elliott is Associate Professor and Director of Child and Adolescent Psychology, University of California, San Francisco.

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Table of Contents

1. Capturing the Adolescent Experience

Glen R. Elliott and S. Shirley Feldman


2. The Role of Pubertal Processes

Jeanne Brooks-Gunn and Edward O. Reiter

3. Adolescent Thinking

Daniel P. Keating


4. Historical Perspectives

John Modell and Madeline Goodman

5. Challenges in Studying Minority Youth

Margaret Beale Spencer and Sanford M. Dornbusch

6. Coming of Age in a Changing Family System

Frank F. Furstenburg

7. Peer Groups and Peer Cultures

B. Brandford Brown

8. Schools and the Adolescent

Doris R. Entwisle

9. Leisure, Work, and the Mass Media

Gary Alan Fine, Jeylan T. Mortimer, and Donald F. Roberts


10. Autonomy, Conflict, and Harmony in the Family Relationship

Laurence Steinberg

11. Friendship and Peer Relations

Ritch C. Savin-Williams and Thomas J. Berndt

12. Motivation and Achievement

Valanne L. Henderson and Carol S. Dweck

13. Sexuality

Herant Katchadourian

14. Self and Identity Development

Susan Harter

15. Stress, Coping. And Adaptation

Stuart T. Hauser and Mary Kay Bowlds

16. Problems Behaviors

Joan McCord

17. Adolescent Health

Susan G. Millstein and Iris F. Litt

18. Youth in Relation to Social Institutions

Judith Torney-Purta

19. Progress and Promise of Research on Adolescence

S. Shirley Feldman and Glen R. Elliot




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