The special issue aims to develop a greater understanding of the relationship between social cognitive development in adolescence and social behaviour, to discuss the mediating effects of other aspects of development in adolescence such as the parallel emergence of ideas concerning personal identity, patterns of relationship development within or outside the family, and to examine new approaches to the study of social development in adolescence. Finally it considers the problems (practical, methodological and ethical) associated with intervention in adolescence and how the approach(es) which are adopted may be guided by our understanding of young people's social cognitive development.
H. A. Bosma, W. Koops, Social Cognition in Adolescence: A Tribute to Sandy (A.E.) Jackson (1937 - 2003). M. F. Mascolo, D. Margolis, Social Cognition as a Mediator of Adolescent Development: A Coactive Systems Approach. M. D. Berzonsky, Identity Processing Style, Self Construction and Personal Epistemic Assumptions: A Social Cognitive Perspective. S. Persson, H. Stattin, M. Kerr, Adolescents' Conceptions of Family Democracy: Does their own Behaviour Play a Role? M.A.G. van Aken, J. Semon Dumas, Personality Type, Social Relationships, and Problem Behaviour in Adolescence. T.M. Honess, Family Judgements about Adolescent Problems: Where Respondents Overlap and Why They may Disagree. I. Seiffge-Krenke, Adaptive and Maladaptive Coping Styles: Does Intervention Change Anything? W.M. Kurtines, M.J. Montgomery, L. L. Arango, G.A. Kortsch, Does Intervention Change Anything? New Directions in Promoting Positive Youth Development. A. Lichtwarck-Aschoff, P. van Geert, A Dynamic Systems Perspective on Social Cognition, Problematic Behaviour and Intervention in Adolescence.