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Social Networks in Youth and Adolescence

1st Edition

By John Cotterell


328 pages

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This thoroughly revised new edition looks at the nature of social networks, their changing configurations, and the forces of influence they unleash in shaping the life experiences of young people between the ages of 12 and 25 years.

The author draws on both social and psychological research to apply network thinking to the social relations of youth across the domains of school, work and society. Network thinking examines the pattern and nature of social ties, and analyses how networks channel information, influence and support with effects on a wide range of life experiences. The book comprises eleven chapters, which contain discussion on key topics, such as youth transitions, network analysis, friendship, romantic ties, peer victimization, antisocial behaviour, youth risk-taking, school motivation, career influence, youth citizenship, and community organizations for young people. Chapters contain discussions of practical ways in which schools can provide support, and suggestions for youth organizations on how to assist young people to become effective citizens.


'John Cotterell is the principle pioneer of an approach that I am sure is going to prove extraordinarily important for the field. Along the way, he provides a genuinely useful and wide-ranging review of adolescent social relations and their significance. I will certainly want this book on my shelves and I have no doubt but that this wish will be shared by every researcher/teacher in this area.' - Nicholas Emler, University of Surrey, UK

'The book offers a broad perspective on adolescents' peer relations in contexts, which gives the reader a fascinating overview of the complexity and importance of network analyses and the implications for designing developmental contexts (e.g. the school). The book offers a view on adolescents' strengths that can help to facilitate positive outcomes for as many adolescents as possible' - Dr. Rainer K. Silbereisen, University of Jena, Germany

Table of Contents

Preface. Introduction and Overview. Part I: Networks and Young People. Young People and Development. The Science of Social Networks. Part II: Social Networks. Networks and groups. Friends and Mates. Loners and Outsiders. Part III: Social Influences. Antisocial Behaviour. Academic Motivation. Smoking, Drinking, and Drug use. Part IV: Social Support. Social Support in Schools. Youth and Community Organizations. Conclusion: Networked Youth Futures.

About the Author/Editor

John Cotterell has worked with young people for most of his adult life, as a high school teacher, youth worker, and university teacher and researcher. He has published many journal articles and book chapters in the fields of adolescence, child development, youth leisure, education, psychology, counselling, and environmental psychology. He is married with three adult children.

About the Series

Adolescence and Society

In the 20 years since it began, this series has published some of the key texts in the field of adolescent studies. The series has covered a very wide range of subjects, almost all of them being of central concern to students, researchers and practitioners. A mark of its success is that a number of books have gone to second and third editions, illustrating its popularity and reputation.

The primary aim of the series is to make accessible to the widest possible readership important and topical evidence relating to adolescent development. Much of this material is published in relatively inaccessible professional journals, and the objective of the books has been to summarise, review and place in context current work in the field, so as to interest and engage both an undergraduate and a professional audience.

The intention of the authors is to raise the profile of adolescent studies among professionals and in institutions of higher education. By publishing relatively short, readable books on topics of current interest to do with youth and society, the series makes people more aware of the relevance of the subject of adolescence to a wide range of social concerns.

The books do not put forward any one theoretical viewpoint. The authors outline the most prominent theories in the field and include a balanced and critical assessment of each of these. Whilst some of the books may have a clinical or applied slant, the majority concentrate on normal development.

The readership rests primarily in two major areas: the undergraduate market, particularly in the fields of psychology, sociology and education; and the professional training market, with particular emphasis on social work, clinical and educational psychology, counselling, youth work, nursing and teacher training.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Developmental / Adolescent