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Adolescent Development and School Achievement in Urban Communities
Resilience in the Neighborhood

ISBN 9780415894166
Published December 19, 2012 by Routledge
280 Pages

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Book Description

This timely volume explores essential themes, issues, and challenges related to adolescents’ lives and learning in underserviced urban areas. Distinguished scholars provide theoretically grounded, multidisciplinary perspectives on contexts and forces that influence adolescent development and achievement. The emphasis is on what is positive and effective, what can make a real difference in the lives and life chances for urban youths, rather than deficits and negative dysfunction. Going beyond solely traditional psychological theories, a strong conceptual framework addressing four domains for understanding adolescent development undergirds the volume:

  • developmental continuities from childhood
  • primary changes (biological, cognitive, social)
  • contexts of development
  • adolescent outcomes.

A major federal government initiative is the development of programs to support underserviced urban areas. Directly relevant to this initiative, this volume contributes significantly to gaining a realistic understanding of the contexts and institutions within which urban youths live and learn.

Table of Contents

Preface 1.Urban and Underserviced Communities: Theoretical and Conceptual Considerations (Gary L. Creasey & Patricia A. Jarvis) Part 1: The Adolescent as an Individual: Theory and Contexts 2. Adolescent Development in Underserviced Communities: A Conceptual Framework (JulieAnn Stawicki  & Barton J. Hirsch) 3. The Importance of Housing, Neighborhood and Community Contexts (Kevin W. Allison,  Robert S. Broce, and Alecia J. Houston) 4. Personal Characteristics Associated with Resilience and Vulnerability in Urban Adolescents (Michael Cunningham,  Natalie Papale & Andrew Kim) Part II. The Fundamental Changes of Adolescence 5. Adolescent Physical Development and Health (Amanda S. Birnbaum & Miriam R. Linver) 6. Cognitive Development: Improving Reasoning and Decision-Making  Skills Among Urban Youth (Bonnie L. Halpern-Felsher, Joann Lee & Holly E. R. Morrell) 7. Adolescent Social Changes: Role Transitions from Childhood to Adolescence (Gabriel P. Kuperminc & Michelle A. DiMeo-Ediger) Part III. Immediate Contexts for Adolescent Development 8. The Urban Family (Wendy Kliewer, Kimberly Goodman & Kathryn Reid-Quiñones) 9. Peers and Academic Adjustment in Urban Contexts (Heather A. Bouchey & Amy Bellmore) 10. Urban Schools and Adolescent Development (Cynthia Hudley & Richard Duran) 11. Physical Activity and Media Use (Daheia J. Barr-Anderson & Sofiya Alhassan) 12. Civic Engagement: Volunteerism, Community Involvement, and Political  Action (David M. Hansen, Nadia Jessop & Michael J. Crawford) 13. Religion in America’s Urban Youth (Korie L. Edwards & Brad Christerson) 14. Adolescents and Adults in the Urban Context: Mentorship Relationships (Justin Perry, Eric W. Wallace & Lisa Barto) 15. Partnerships between Schools, Teachers, Children, Families, and Communities (Robert E. Lee, Cristina Pacione-Zayas, Sara Bosch, Keri Blackwell &  Dakota M. Pawlicki) Part IV. Positive Outcomes Associated with Adolescence 16. Transformations in Relationships,  Independence,  and  Interdependence (Nina S. Mounts, Laura Pittman,  Jennifer K. Karre & Tracy Walters) 17. Youth, Families, Culture and Context: Promoting Urban Adolescent Sexual Health (Rosalie Corona, Michell Pope, Jasmine A. Abrams & Faye Z. Belgrave)18. Personal, Ethnic, and Cultural Identity in Urban Youth: Links with Risk and Resilience (Seth J. Schwartz, Liliana Rodriguez, Robert S. Weisskirch, Byron L. Zamboanga & Hilda M. Pantin) 19. The Role of Parents and Peers in the Psychological and Academic Adaptation of Youth in Urban Communities (Darya Bonds McClain, Lorey A. Wheeler, Jessie J. Wong, Anne Marie Mauricio & Nancy A. Gonzales) 20. Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood: Positive Transitions in Urban Communities (Pamela Aronson & Ashleigh Hodge) Part V.   Conclusion (Gary L. Creasey & Patricia A.  Jarvis) About the Editors and Contributors Index

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Gary Creasey is Professor of Psychology at Illinois State University, USA.

Patricia Jarvis is Professor of Psychology at Illinois State University, USA.