Adolescence has long been recognized as the developmental period during which deviant and criminal behaviors were most likely to emerge. This volume presents recent cutting-edge theory and research about the antecedents, correlates, and consequences of adolescent problem behaviors. The material presented is unique in that it features the work of some of the most respected researchers in a wide range of disciplines including history and sociology, developmental, clinical, and social psychology, and psychiatry, behavioral genetics, and criminology. Despite this wide variation in perspectives, both common and unique themes and lessons learned about adolescents who engage in problem and risk-taking behaviors and society's responses to these adolescents emerge. To maximize cross-disciplinary integration, each author was asked to discuss two broad topics that cut across disciplinary and theoretical boundaries: gender differences, and prevention or intervention strategies. Finally, researchers and practitioners can access multi-disciplinary perspectives on adolescent problem behaviors in a single, highly thought-provoking and informative text. This book will be of interest, and is accessible, to a wide range of social science scholars and students.
"…provides an excellent summary of current thinking regarding adolescent problem behaviors. Because it serves as an introduction to a wide range of perspectives and disparate disciplines, it has the potential of appealing to a variety of audiences. As a text, it can easily be incorporated into an upper level course on adolescents, whereas for scholars, researchers, and public policy makers, it would provide invaluable exposure to different fields of study and the integrated nature of adolescent behavior problems."
—Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology
Contents: R.D. Ketterlinus, M.E. Lamb, Introduction. G.F. Moran, M.A. Vinovskis, Troubled Youth: Children at Risk in Early Modern England, Colonial America, and 19th-Century America. R.D. Ketterlinus, M.E. Lamb, K.A. Nitz, Adolescent Nonsexual and Sex-Related Problem Behaviors: Their Prevalence, Consequences, and Co-Occurrence. M.R. Gottfredson, T. Hirschi, A General Theory of Adolescent Problem Behavior: Problems and Prospects. M. Rutter, R. Harrington, D. Quinton, A. Pickles, Adult Outcome of Conduct Disorder in Childhood: Implications for Concepts and Definitions of Patterns of Psychopathology. D. Magnusson, B.A. Klinteberg, H. Stattin, Juvenile and Persistent Offenders: Behavioral and Physiological Characteristics. J.R. Udry, Integrating Biological and Sociological Models of Adolescent Problem Behaviors. D.C. Rowe, Genetic and Cultural Explanations of Adolescent Risk-Taking and Problem Behavior. C.S. Widom, Childhood Victimization and Adolescent Problem Behaviors. J.H. Pleck, F.L. Sonenstein, L.C. Ku, Problem Behaviors and Masculinity Ideology in Adolescent Males. D.W. Andrews, T.J. Dishion, The Microsocial Structure Underpinnings of Adolescent Problem Behavior. E.G. Pattishall, Jr., A Research Agenda for Adolescent Problems and Risk-Taking Behavior.