Early Adolescence: Perspectives on Research, Policy, and Intervention

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This volume brings together a broad group of scholars from a diverse array of disciplines to write integratively about cutting-edge research issues pertinent to various facets of the study of early adolescence. All contributors speak to the idea of interdisciplinary integration as a means of advancing knowledge in particular focus areas of early adolescence; all approach their topic with an orientation to integrating levels of organization. In so doing, they testify to the importance of two interrelated integrations — multidisciplinary and multiprofessional — for furthering understanding of young adolescents.

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Table of Contents

1 Early Adolescence: Toward an Agenda for the Integration of Research, Policy, and Intervention 1
I Adolescents and the Family
Introduction: Integrating Research, Policy, and Programs for Adolescents and Their Families 17
2 The Demographic Context of U.S. Adolescence 25
3 Adolescents Living in "Nonfamily" and Alternative Settings 37
4 Diversity: The Cultural Contexts of Adolescents and Their Families 51
5 Familial Economic Circumstances: Implications for Adjustment and Development in Early Adolescence 71
6 Early Adolescent Family Formation 93
7 Familial Influences on Adolescent Health 111
II Early Adolescent Education
Introduction: A Framework for Examining the Role of Schooling During Early Adolescence 129
8 Adolescents' Theoretical Thinking 143
9 The Role of Community-Based Youth Groups in Enhancing Learning and Achievement Through Nonformal Education 159
10 Academic Achievement Among Early Adolescents: Social and Cultural Diversity 175
11 Curricular Designs That Resonate With Adolescents' Ways of Knowing 191
12 Transferring Literacy Between the Classroom and Life: Metacognition, Personal Goals, and Interests 201
13 Music in the Lives of Adolescents: A Comparison of In-School and Out-of-School Music Experiences and Involvement 221
III Health Promotion in Early Adolescence
Introduction: Health Promotion for Early Adolescents 241
14 Health Promotion in Adolescence: Developmental and Theoretical Considerations 247
15 Nutrition and Adolescence 261
16 Promoting Vocational Development in Early Adolescence 277
17 Promoting Healthy Sexual Development During Early Adolescence 293
IV Preventive Interventions in Early Adolescence
Introduction: Preventive Interventions in Early Adolescence: Developmental and Contextual Challenges 311
18 Pregnancy Prevention in Early Adolescence: A Developmental Perspective 315
19 Sexual Activity and Childbearing Among Hispanic Adolescents in the United States 335
20 Interventions to Prevent HIV Infections in Young Adolescents 353
21 Early Adolescent Belief Systems and Substance Abuse 369
22 Depression as a Disorder of Social Relationships: Implications for School Policy and Prevention Programs 383
V Adolescents and the Media
Introduction: Adolescents and the Media 401
23 Media, Music, and Adolescents 407
24 Creating Meaning From Media Messages: Participatory Research and Adolescent Health 419
25 Minority Adolescents, Alcohol Consumption, and Media Effects: A Review of Issues and Research 431
VI Research, Policy, and Programs: Toward an Integrated Approach
Introduction: Research, Policy, and Programs: What Works in Today's Society 449
26 An Agenda for the Integration of Research and Policy During Early Adolescence 457
27 Integrating Research, Policy, and Practice: One School District's Approach to Improving Middle-Level Education 471
28 The Land-Grant University System and 4-H: A Mutually Beneficial Relationship of Scholars and Practitioners in Youth Development 481
Author Index 501
Subject Index 521
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