Teenagers: A Natural History

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This book will change how you think about teenagers.

In David Bainbridge's fascinating study, the teenager emerges as a phenomenon deserving of reverence and wonder. Taking a zoological approach, Bainbridge-a veterinarian and anatomist-suggests that the second decade of life is the most important in the human cycle. In lively prose, he explains the science behind the events occurring in the teenage body and brain-from lanky limbs and unpredictable skin to falling in love and ...

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Overview

This book will change how you think about teenagers.

In David Bainbridge's fascinating study, the teenager emerges as a phenomenon deserving of reverence and wonder. Taking a zoological approach, Bainbridge-a veterinarian and anatomist-suggests that the second decade of life is the most important in the human cycle. In lively prose, he explains the science behind the events occurring in the teenage body and brain-from lanky limbs and unpredictable skin to falling in love and surly grumpiness to the irresistible allure of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll. Bainbridge also explains how, in evolutionary terms, this dynamic period is key to the survival of our species, and why the teenage years are the most dramatic and exciting of our lives.

If you live or work with a teenager, or ever were one, you will want to read this book. And you'll be convinced that the teenager is the most amazing, and most necessary, creature on the planet.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781553654377
  • Publisher: Greystone Books
  • Publication date: 7/14/2009
  • Pages: 364
  • Sales rank: 1,447,163
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: A silver lining 1

1 Aches and Gripes and Lumps and Bumps: Why growing up is hard to do 9

Where did the teenagers come from? 14

What flips our sexy switch? 26

Why all the bodily unpleasantness? 36

Why do teenage girls and boys look different? 43

Why are girls more mature? 62

2 Thinking, Risk and Rock 'n' Roll: Why teenage brains are different 73

Why are teenagers brainier than everyone else? 77

Are teenagers driven by their hormones? 89

Why are teenagers' brains different? 101

Why all the sleep, risk and anger? 113

Why do teenagers start to think in new ways? 129

3 Out of the Ordinary: The truth about alcohol, nicotine and other diversions 143

Where did all the drugs come from? 146

Why do drugs affect teenagers differently? 154

So is teenage drug use really a bad thing? 170

4 Love and Loss: Why teenage relationships can be the best and worst things in the world 183

Why do teenagers get so sad? 186

Why do teenagers get so confused? 204

Why do teenagers get so worried? 216

And what is love? 233

5 Teenage Kicks: The ifs, whens and whys of sex 244

Why do teenagers have sex? 247

When are teenagers meant to have sex? 257

Why do teenagers get sexually transmitted diseases? 268

Why is teenage pregnancy different? 279

Why are teenagers meant to have sex? 289

Conclusion: The Long Game 306

Acknowledgements 311

Bibliography 313

Index 345

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