Adolescence

A quarterly international journal covering all aspects of adolescence, including issues and topics in psychology, physiology, sociology, and education. For the academic audience.

Articles from Vol. 38, No. 149, Spring

Academic Performance, Popularity, and Depression Predict Adolescent Substance Use
Adolescent substance use remains high in the United States (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1998). A recent National Institute on Drug Abuse report indicated that 65% of high school seniors had smoked cigarettes, 80% had consumed alcohol,...
Adolescent Coping in Different Chinese Family Environments
In general, individuals who view themselves as masterful and in control of their lives are more likely to adapt successfully to stressful situations than are those who perceive life to be beyond their control (Bandura, 1982; Folkman, 1984; Rotter,...
Effects of Parenting, Father Absence, and Affiliation with Delinquent Peers on Delinquent Behavior among African-American Male Adolescents
Delinquent behavior by African-American male adolescents is of special concern to society due to their overrepresentation in juvenile detention centers and adult prisons, morbidity and mortality statistics, and reports of academic underachievement...
"I Want to Read Stuff on Boys": White, Latina, and Black Girls Reading Seventeen Magazine and Encountering Adolescence
Adolescence can be both a "beautiful and dangerous" (Kaplan, 1996) period of life for girls. It is a time when girls begin to mature physically and psychologically. They begin to gain a sense of independence, especially from attachments to their mothers...
Labeling and Delinquency
Recently, there has been renewed interest in the contribution of labeling theory to the study of delinquency (Ray & Downs, 1986; Paternoster & Iovanni, 1989; Matsueda, 1992). The basic assumption of the theory is that perceived negative societal...
Motivations and Attitudes Affecting High School Students' Choice of Foreign Language
There are some foreign languages that enjoy great status in the United States, while other foreign languages are rarely represented at the high school level. As Draper and Hicks (1996) indicated, 42.2% of high school students were enrolled in foreign...
Risk Profiles of Adolescent Girls Who Were Victims of Dating Violence
The designation of violent and abusive behavior as a U.S. public health priority is evidenced by its inclusion in the Healthy People 2000 and 2010 objectives (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2000a, 2000b). Intimate partner violence is...
School Vandalism: Individual and Social Context
Various disciplines such as psychology and sociology have examined vandalism from different perspectives, and it is difficult to reach consensus on a definition. Nevertheless, some of the definitions have common elements, such as: "an intentional act...
Self-Reported Delinquency among Alberta's Youth: Findings from a Survey of 2,001 Junior and Senior High School Students
Youth violence continues to be of great concern in North America. A recent poll of 1,520 Canadians revealed that while 44% felt that the crime rate is rising, 71% believed that youth crime is increasing (EKOS Research Associates, Inc., 2000). This...
The Relationship between Depression and Smoking in Adolescents
Despite research indicating that cigarette smoking is the number one preventable cause of premature death in the United States (e.g., Bartecchi, MacKenzie, & Schrier, 1995), smoking continues at a high rate. Adolescent smoking rates actually increased...
The Sexual Communication Scale: A Measure of Frequency of Sexual Communication between Parents and Adolescents
Frequency of sexual communication between parents and adolescents has been studied over the past several decades. In a review of the literature on parent-adolescent communication about sexuality, Miller (1998) reported that results varied widely over...
Understanding Depressed Mood in the Context of a Family-Oriented Culture
Depressed mood has been described as a common experience during adolescence (Steinberg, 1999). For example, studies using community samples in the U.S. found that about 25% to 35% of adolescent boys and 25% to 40% of adolescent girls experienced depressive...