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. 39, No. 154, Summer

Adolescent and Parent Perceptions of Media Influence on Adolescent Sexuality
Adolescents are active consumers of messages broadcast on radio and television, printed in magazines, distributed on the Internet, and presented in video games. As technology has advanced, access to these varying types of media has become common in...
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Adolescents' Perception of the Ideal Mate: Its Relationship to Parental Characteristics in Intact and Nonintact Families
There are two major theoretical approaches to the issue of mate selection. One focuses on the similarity between partners, the other on the similarity between one's opposite-sex parent and one's selection of a partner. Most investigations of mate selection...
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Adolescent Suicide Risk: Four Psychosocial Factors
Suicide is a leading cause of death among those aged 15-24 (Berman & Jobes, 1995; Centers for Disease Control, 2002). Consequently, in the U.S., a National Health Objective (National Institute of Mental Health, 2001) urges researchers to focus...
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A Teenager Revisits Her Father's Death during Childhood: A Study in Resilience and Healthy Mourning
Developmental Characteristics of Adolescents According to Piaget's theory of cognitive development, adolescents generally reach the stage of formal operations, a stage in which they are less dependent on concrete objects for solving problems and increasingly...
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Avenues to Prestige among Adolescents in Public and Religiously Affiliated High Schools
For more than four decades, the relative benefits of private versus public education at the elementary and secondary school levels have been debated. Both the scholarly and popular literatures addressing this issue have focused primarily on the question...
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Effects of Parent Education on Knowledge and Attitudes
Every year, nearly half a million adolescent girls in the U.S. give birth (U.S. Census Bureau, 2002). About 95% keep and raise their children, which has serious implications since adolescent parenthood and child maltreatment are linked (Coren, Barlow,...
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Friends, Porn, and Punk: Sensation Seeking in Personal Relationships, Internet Activities, and Music Preference among College Students
Individuals may differ radically from one another in their need for excitement. These differences in levels of desired stimulation or arousal involve a personality trait known as sensation seeking. Zuckerman (1994) has defined sensation seeking as...
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Gender, Grade, and Relationship Differences in Emotional Closeness within Adolescent Friendships
From early to late adolescence, intimacy increases in importance within adolescent friendships (Berndt, 1982; Collins & Repinski, 1994; Hunter & Youniss, 1982; Rubin, Bukowski, & Parker, 1998; Shulman, Levy-Shift, Kedem, & Alon, 1997)....
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Positive Psychology and Adolescent Mental Health: False Promise or True Breakthrough?
While president of the American Psychological Association, Martin Seligman (1998), called for a Manhattan Project for the social sciences. Seligman's vision was that the social sciences look beyond human weakness, damage, and remediation to reclaim...
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Social Network Predictors of Bullying and Victimization
The school context provides an opportunity for youth to socialize with selected peers, independently from adults (Youniss & Smollar, 1989). Friends make unique contributions to each other's learning, emotional support, and socialization beyond...
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The Impact of Cultural Context on Brazilian Adolescents' Sexual Practices
AIDS has become a global pandemic. Hundreds of studies, programs, and conferences have alerted the world to the prevalence and dangers of AIDS in North America, the Caribbean, Europe, sub-Saharan Africa, and parts of Asia. AIDS appears to have taken...
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The Wish to Die and the Wish to Commit Suicide in the Adolescent: Two Different Matters?
Every day in hospital emergency rooms, doctors see adolescents who have attempted suicide. The question that doctors may ask these adolescents is, "Why did you want to die?" An immediate connection is thereby made between suicide on the one hand and...
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Untreated Recovery from Eating Disorders
Eating disorders are the third most common chronic condition among adolescent females in the United States (Fisher et al., 1995). It is estimated that 1% to 3% of adolescent females suffer full syndrome anorexia or bulimia nervosa, and up to 20% of...
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Walk and Talk: An Intervention for Behaviorally Challenged Youths
Western societies have seen an increase in violence and antisocial behavior in schools and communities (Pollack, 1998). Juvenile crime rates have increased four times since the early 1970s (Cook & Laub, 1997). After the shock of the Columbine school...
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