Adolescent Portraits introduces contemporary theories and research that surround adolescent development today through eighteen first-person accounts written by young adults. The case study approach of the book illustrates the complexity of the individual experience and the interactions among an individual’s needs, ideas, relationships, and context. Each case, taken alone, helps us begin to know one more adolescent and his or her experience; taken together, the cases provide a rich overview of the wide, diverse, and complex range of adolescent experiences.
This edition also includes three follow-up essays, written five or more years after their original memoir. The authors of these follow-ups reflect on their original story written in late adolescence from the more mature point of view of full-fledged adulthood. These retrospectives provide a poignant and lifespan developmental perspective on the ways in which the adolescent themes of identity and challenges transform, for better or worse, with the tasks of adulthood.
With contributions from adolescents from a range of racial, class, and family backgrounds, the book provides a diverse introduction to the adolescent experience. It is a must-read for any student of adolescent development.
Table of Contents
Part I: Identity
Case 1. Why Didn't You Teach Me?
Case 2. The Hatred Within
Case 3. Good Hair
Ana Sofia De Brito
Case 4. Little Woman from Lame Deer
Cinnamon Kills First
Case 5. Looking Into The Sun
Case 6. A Latinidad I Cannot, Will Not Hide
Follow-up Viana: Five Years Later
Case 7. The Devils Within
Case 8. In My World, 1+1=3
Case 9. In Search of a Sangam
Part II: Challenges
Case 10. Is This My Life?
Case 11. I Walk in Beauty
Davina Ruth Begaye Two Bears
Case 12. An Unpredictable Journey
John Around Him
Case 13. Forever an Awkward Adolescent
Follow-up David: Thirteen Years Later
Case 14. Quest for Peace
Case 15. Seeking the Best of Both Worlds
Case 16. Figuring Out My Life
Case 17. Holding My Breath
Follow-up Andy: Five Years Later
Case 18. Multihued
Andrew C. Garrod is Professor Emeritus of Education at Dartmouth College, USA.
Robert Kilkenny is Executive Director of the Alliance for Inclusion and Prevention (AIP), and on the faculty of Simmons University, USA.