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The Adolescent Experience - 4th Edition - ISBN: 9780123055606, 9780080542362

The Adolescent Experience

4th Edition

Authors: Thomas Gullotta Gerald Adams Carol Markstrom
Paperback ISBN: 9780123055606
eBook ISBN: 9780080542362
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 22nd September 1999
Page Count: 568
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The Adolescent Experience places the college student at the very heart of the book. The authors engage in a dialogue with the reader that is warm, caring, and often humorous as they write and share material about this time of life. The authors emphasize the role that development and society play in the lives of young people. The book has a solid research basis with a historical and multicultural focus. But most important, the book is practical and applied with the strongest prevention/health promotion material available in any basic undergraduate adolescent psychology text currently on the market.

Key Features

@introbul:Key Features @bul:* Focuses on health promotion and illness prevention

  • Provides not only a U.S. but also a much needed Canadian perspective to this life stage
  • Involves students as participants in a long-standing inquiry into the nature of adolescence as they are introduced to the latest research in the field
  • Provides students with the latest practical information in subject areas like sexuality, drugs and alcohol, suicide and depression, eating disorders, crime, delinquency, and violent behavior
  • List server links student and/or instructor to authors
  • Explores the uniqueness of North America's multi-culturalism
  • Illustrates important concepts using literature and social history to make them tangible to students


Undergraduates in courses dealing with adolescence, such as Human Development and Family Relations, Home Economics, Family Studies, Child Development, Education, Social Work, and Psychology Departments.

Table of Contents

Preface. Welcome to the Study of Adolescence: Welcome to the Study of Adolescence. Theories and Research Methods. Patterns of Adolescent Development: Intellectual and Cognitive Development. Identity Development and Self-Concept. Gender Differences and Sex-Role Development. Physical Growth and Sexual Development. Influences on Adolescent Development: The Family. Peer, Leisure, and Work Experiences. Education. Dealing with Issues of Concern: Prevention and Treatment: Helping Adolescents: Intervention and Prevention. Adolescent Sexuality: Issues for Concern. Substance Use and Abuse in Adolescence. Crime and Delinquency. Eating Disorders. Depression and Suicide in Adolescence. Part Five: Parting Thoughts: Of Time and Soothsaying. References. Photo Credits. Index.


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About the Authors

Thomas Gullotta

Thomas P. Gullotta is CEO of the Child and Family Agency and is a member of the faculty at Eastern Connecticut State University. He is the founding editor of the Journal of Primary Prevention. He serves as a general series book editor for Advances in Adolescent Development, and is the senior book series editor for Issues in Children’s and Families’ Lives. In addition, he serves as the monograph series editor for Prevention in Practice. Gullotta holds editorial appointments on the Journal of Early Adolescence, Adolescence, and the Journal of Educational and Psychological Consultation. He serves on the Board of the National Mental Health Association and works frequently as a consultant for several branches of the U.S. Federal Government on issues relating to young people and primary prevention. He has published extensively on adolescents and primary prevention.

Affiliations and Expertise

Child and Family Agency of Southeast Connecticut, New London, Connecticut and Eastern Connecticut State University, Willimantic, Connecticut, U.S.A.

Gerald Adams

Gerald Adams is the editor of the journal Research in Adolescence and the editor of the book series Advances in Adolescent Development.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Carol Markstrom

Affiliations and Expertise

West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia


@from:From the Pre-publication Reviews @qu:"This book has the double value of being user-friendly and scientifically accurate. It is fun to read and, at the same time, it is full of real knowledge that can be applied. It includes excellent coverage of prevention issues rarely found in texts. I recommend it to parents, counselors, and school officials, as well as to teen-agers." @source:--ROGER WEISSBERG, Professor of Psychology, Director of Graduate Studies and Executive Director of the Collaboration for the Advancement of Social and Emotional Learning, University of Illinois, Chicago; past President of the American Psychological Association's Society for Community Research and Action @qu:"This text has the rare combination of user friendliness--clear and appealing language--and scientific accuracy--admirable use of the research literature. It presents both sides of unresolved issues and encourages the reader to make efforts to reach a decision. In addition to being a great textbook, I found it invaluable as a way of reviewing the latest findings across the broad field of adolescence." @source:--GEORGE W. ALBEE, Professor Emeritus at the University of Vermont; Courtesy Professor at Florida Mental Health Institute; directed the Task Panel on Prevention for President Carter's Commission on Mental Health; past President of the American Psychological Association @qu:"Tom Gullotta and his associates have written a warm and student-friendly textbook filled with enlightening and helpful information. They have integrated mental health issues and concerns with suggestions for personal and public health strategies to promote health and prevent mental illness during this life stage. This book is a keeper that will help student and professional readers better understand adolescence." @source:--MICHAEL M. FAENZA, MSSW, President and CEO, National Mental Health Association @qu:"All of us who work with children and their families strive to ensure healthy growth and maturation for those children. And we all know what a challenge that can be! The Adolescent Experience provides an interdisciplinary, comprehensive overview of one of the most stressful periods of any child's life. Topics range from theories of behavior and cognitive development, to family and peer relationships, to sexuality issues, to alcohol and drug use. I especially appreciated the strong focus on prevention, which encourages youth workers to help adolescents build on their own strengths to cope with stress and to ease the transition points in their lives. Another important feature is the recognition of the special needs of ethnic and racial groups and how a person's culture can be used to assist in healing and recovery. The authors, Tom Gullotta, Gerald Adams, and Carol Markstrom, have done a tremendous job in applying their impressive knowledge to improve the well-being of youth. The Adolescent Experience is a valuable resource that belongs in every youth worker's library!" @source:--DAVID S. LIEDERMAN, Executive Director, Child Welfare League of America @qu:"Finally, a text on the Adolescent Experience that in fact reflects some of the dominant issues of adolescence--the prevention of the predictable problems of young people, the protection of their health and healthy functioning, and the promotion of the delicious goals of youth--even if parents have to bite their tongues at times. Telling the story of adolescence like it is must include what Gullotta, Adams, and Markstrom have done so well--the recognition and celebration of opportunities for a healthier life for themselves and others." @source:--MARTIN BLOOM, Professor of Research at the University of Connecticut School of Social Work and Editor, Journal of Primary Prevention

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