Handbook of Adolescent Development fills a gap in the literature on adolescent development and behaviour: all of the authors of the various chapters were invited to include as many findings on European adolescents as possible. Through this specific emphasis, the handbook provides a complement to other reviews of the literature that are mostly based on North American samples.
The contributors are all eminent researchers in the field and the individual chapters cover their specific areas of expertise. Theories of adolescence, along with emotional, physical and cognitive issues, are explored. Topics covered include families, peer relations, school and leisure time, as well as problem areas such as depression, drug consumption and delinquency. Handbook of Adolescent Development also incorporates a comprehensive review of the literature in the area and considers avenues for future research.
This multidisciplinary text will be of interest to those studying and researching in the fields of developmental psychology, sociology, demography, epidemiology and criminology.
Table of Contents
Goossens, Adolescent Development: Putting Europe on the Map. Goossens, Theories of Adolescence. Alsaker, Flammer, Pubertal Maturation. Goossens, Emotion, Affect, and Loneliness in Adolescence. Lehalle, Cognitive Development in Adolescence: Thinking Freed from Concrete Constraints. Alsaker, Kroger, Self-concept, Self-esteem and Identity. Lehalle, Moral Development in Adolescence: How to Integrate Personal and Social Values? Goossens, The Many Faces of Adolescent Autonomy: Behavioural Decision-making and Emotional Distancing. Lila, van Aken, Musitu, Buelga, Families and Adolescents. Scholte, van Aken, Musitu, Speltini, Peer Relations in Adolescence. Zani, Cicognani, Sexuality and Intimate Relationships in Adolescence. Flammer, Alasker, Adolescents in School. Hendry, Kloep, Youth and Leisure: A European Perspective. Rubini, Kloep, Adolescents' Relationships to the Institutional Order. Michaud, Narring, Health-related Behavior: Current Situation, Trends and Prevention. Alasker, Dick, Depression and Suicide. Buelga, Ravenna, Musitu, Lila, Epidemiology and Psychosocial Risk Factors Associated with Adolescent Drug Consumption. Koops, Orobio de Castro, The Development of Aggression and its Linkages with Violence and Juvenile Delinquency.
Sandy Jackson was a Senior Lecturer in Developmental Psychology at the University of Groningen (The Netherlands). He founded the European Association for Research on Adolescence (EARA) and served as its President for many years (1991-2000). He was one of the co-founders of the European Society for Developmental Psychology (ESDP) and served as its Secretary for an extensive period of time.
Luc Goossens is Professor in Developmental Psychology at the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium). He served as President (2004-2006) of the European Association for Research on Adolescence (EARA). His research interests focus on the study of identity formation, parent-adolescent relationships, and adolescent loneliness.
'I think it is excellent - really really good. One of the best things I have read on theories of adolescence.' - John Coleman, Trust for the Study of Adolescence