Case Against Adolescence: Rediscovering the Adult in Every Teen / Edition 1

Case Against Adolescence: Rediscovering the Adult in Every Teen / Edition 1

by Robert Epstein
     
 

ISBN-10: 188495670X

ISBN-13: 9781884956706

Pub. Date: 04/28/2007

Publisher: Linden Publishing

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

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781884956706
Publisher:
Linden Publishing
Publication date:
04/28/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
490
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.73(d)

Table of Contents


List of Illustrations     xii
Foreword   Albert Ellis     xiii
Acknowledgments     xv
A Note to the Reader     xvii
Introduction     xix
The Case Against the Artificial Extension of Childhood
The Chaos and the Cause     3
The Creation of Adolescence     23
Adolescence Abroad     75
Instant Adulthood     95
Storm and Stress     117
The Capabilities of Young People
"Adultness"     147
Young People Are Capable Thinkers     163
Young People Can Love     203
Young People Are Tough     227
Young People Are Creative     251
Young People Can Handle Responsibility     267
What Does the Bible Say?     287
How We Must Change
How Society Must Change     315
Why Some Will Resist     351
How Adult Are You?     377
Adult and Teen Competency Scores on the EDTA     382
A Debate About Teen Crime     383
Plato, Socrates, and Aristotle on Teens     386
Brief Timeline of Teen Restrictions in the United States     388
Notes     391
Readings     461
Index     469
About the Author     492

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