Adolescence-6 Volume Set: Development, Diversity, and Context
- List Price: $635.00
- Binding: Hardcover
- Publisher: Garland Publishing
- Publish date: 08/01/2004
- ISBN: 9780815332893
- ISBN10: 0815332890
The developmental systems orientation to the study of adolescence that emerges across the articles found in the first portion of the volume provide a theoretical grounding for the papers that comprise the second portion of the book. These articles pertain to the biological bases of adolescent physical and behavioral characteristics and development. In early theoretical accounts of the adolescent period biology was seen as the "prime mover" of changes during this period and, as such, the study of adolescence was often virtually equated with the study of biology. However, a key point made in the papers in this section is that biology per se is not linked directly to development in adolescence. Rather, the features of the context within which biological changes, such as those associated with early versus late pubertalmaturation, are expressed shape the import of biology for youth development.
In short, the articles in this volume document the emergence of a dynamic, individual differences approach to adolescence, one that links theory and application in all areas of empirical inquiry within this field of scholarship. Not only is this theoretical frame useful for understanding the literature on biological bases of adolescent development but, in addition, it is similarly applicable to the substantive topics that are the foci of the other volumes in this Series.