Adolescent Psychology around the World

Adolescent Psychology around the World

Adolescent Psychology around the World

Adolescent Psychology around the World

Synopsis

This book paints a portrait of adolescent psychology in 4 major regions: Africa/the Middle East, Asia, the Americas, and Europe. Featuring 24 revised and updated chapters from the International Encyclopedia of Adolescence (2007), readers are introduced to the way the majorityof the world's adolescents actually live. Most contributors are indigenous to the country they review. As a whole the book paints an engaging panorama of adolescent life around the world, broadening students' cultural perspective.

All chapters follow the same template to make it easier to compare topics across countries: Background (including demographics, ethnic diversity, and political system), Period of Adolescence, Beliefs, Gender, the Self, Family Relationships, Friends and Peers/Youth Culture, Love and Sexuality, Health Risk Behavior, Education, Work, Media, Politics and Military, and Unique Issues. Each chapter contains a map and photos and a list of references and suggested readings.  


The introductory chapter explains why the countries were selected and introduces the book's common themes. The section on Africa and the Middle Eastintroduces students to teen life in Cameroon, one of the few places left where adolescents go through formal puberty rituals. In addition, readers learn about adolescent life in Ethiopia, Israel, Morocco, Nigeria, and Sudan. Next we travel to Asia -- China, India, Indonesia, and the Philippines. Here readers see how economic growth in India and China is creating opportunities for young people. In The Americas, readers are introduced to life in Argentina, Canada, Chile, Mexico, Peru, and the United States. The book concludes with adolescent life in Europe including the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Russia, Sweden, and the UK.


Intended for courses in adolescent psychology, lifespan development, and/or cultural (cross-cultural) psychology taught in departments of psychology, human development and family studies, sociology, and education, this book will also appeal to researchers and clinicians who study or work with adolescents.

Excerpt

This book paints a portrait of adolescent psychology in four major regions: Africa/the Middle East, Asia, the Americas, and Europe. It is intended to address the imbalance between where most scholarship on adolescence is concentrated and how the vast majority of the world’s adolescents actually live. The publication of the book comes at a propitious time. Growing attention to the phenomenon of globalization has reached the field of adolescent research, and scholars in the West today are increasingly aware of the necessity of expanding their awareness of the cultural context of adolescent development. Among the general public, too, awareness of globalization has led to increasing interest in understanding how people in different cultures live.

This book is an abridged and updated version of the two-volume International Encyclopedia of Adolescence published by Routledge in 2007. Although it contains fewer chapters than the encyclopedia, the international scope of this book is broad. Most of the chapters are on nonWestern countries. The lives of the adolescents in these countries provide an especially sharp contrast to the lives of adolescents in the West. For example, although in industrialized countries adolescence is typically associated with attending secondary school, the reader of this book will find many countries where attending school beyond the early teens is the exception rather than the rule, especially for girls. By that age many adolescents in developing countries have left school to assist their parents on the family farm or to go to work in a factory in order to contribute to their family’s income.

Alas, not all regions of the world are equally represented. Finding authors for the countries of Africa and the Middle East proved to be the most difficult challenge. Many of these countries have a limited tradition of social science research. Nevertheless, we were able to include several chapters from countries in this region, including Cameroon, Nigeria, Morocco, and Sudan.

The book is intended for courses in adolescent psychology, lifespan development, and/or cultural (cross-cultural) psychology taught in departments of psychology, human development and family studies, sociology, and education. It will also appeal to researchers and clinicians who study or work with adolescents.

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