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8th Edition

Adolescent Portraits
Identity and Challenges

ISBN 9780367757021
Published April 26, 2022 by Psychology Press
390 Pages

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Book Description

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?

Bob Bennett

Case 2. The Hatred Within

José Garcia

Case 3. Good Hair

Ana Sofia De Brito

Case 4. Little Woman from Lame Deer

Cinnamon Kills First

Case 5. Looking Into The Sun

Jack Carpenter

Case 6. A Latinidad I Cannot, Will Not Hide

Follow-up Viana: Five Years Later

Viana Turcios

Case 7. The Devils Within

Ryan Garcia

Case 8. In My World, 1+1=3

Yuki Kondo-Shah

Case 9. In Search of a Sangam

Asha Gupta

Part II: Challenges

Case 10. Is This My Life?

Dorothy Johnson

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

David Kennedy

Case 14. Quest for Peace

Deirdre Harris

Case 15. Seeking the Best of Both Worlds

Phuoc Le

Case 16. Figuring Out My Life

Alison May

Case 17. Holding My Breath

Follow-up Andy: Five Years Later

Andy Preston

Case 18. Multihued

Anthony Luckett

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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.