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

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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.

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"Epstein's 500-page book is much too detailed to overview in a short column, but in my mind, his most damning accusation is that, for purely financial reasons, we are willing to take our young and separate them almost completely from the adult world for well over 18 years, giving them only peers to influence their growth and development." —"The News-Sentinel," Indiana
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Epstein argues effectively that American culture collaborates in artificially extending childhood through public schooling and labor laws.
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Epstein's 500-page book is much too detailed to overview in a short column, but in my mind, his most damning accusation is that, for purely financial reasons, we are willing to take our young and separate them almost completely from the adult world for well over 18 years, giving them only peers to influence their growth and development.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781884956706
  • Publisher: Linden Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/28/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 490
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.73 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Epstein, Ph. D. is the former Editor in Chief of Psychology Today magazine, a contributing editor for Scientific American Mind, and the host of "Psyched!" on Sirius Satellite Radio. While conducting the research described in this book, he served as University Research Professor at the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University.
He is currently a Visiting Scholar at the University of California San Diego. In addition, Dr. Epstein is the founder and Director Emeritus of the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies in Massachusetts. A Ph.D. of Harvard University, he has published more than 100 articles and 11 books.
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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2007

    Good ideas but fails to deliver scientifically

    Epstein is correct that we must stop treating adolescents like children, but he oversteps developmental science considerably in this book. He argues that adolescents need more responsibility and fewer protections, which is true. Unfortunately, he isn't completely up to date on some of his science, especially in the areas of brain development and substance use, misleading the reader in some seriously important ways. I can recommend many of his final suggestions, but he doesn't understand adolescent psychology very well at all.

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