Adolescent Boys in High School: A Psychological Study of Coping and Adaptation

Adolescent Boys in High School: A Psychological Study of Coping and Adaptation

Adolescent Boys in High School: A Psychological Study of Coping and Adaptation

Adolescent Boys in High School: A Psychological Study of Coping and Adaptation

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Community psychology emphasizes social interventions that are designed to facilitate growth and to prevent the development of emotional disorders. Developing community-based programs to reduce the expression of maladaptive behavior and to encourage positive coping can be aided by knowledge of the interdependence of persons and social settings. The research reported in this volume is based on investigations of how tenth-grade boys cope and adapt to the high school environment in, specifically, two high schools in suburban Detroit in 1970. In addition to information about the ways that students relate to the high school environment, this volume presents examples of how multiple research methods can be used to investigate the expression of complex person and environment relationships.

The volume is divided into four parts. Part I includes four chapters in which background information about the research is provided. Chapter 1 discusses the theoretical backdrop and indicates, from the ecological point of view, factors that influenced the choice of topics and variables. This chapter also includes a brief overview of the entire volume and a commentary on how the chapters relate to each other. Chapter 2 presents a historical perspective on the role and the development of the high school in the United States. Chapter 3 summarizes major trends in the research literature that pertain to the way in which students, faculty, and the school environment all contribute to the socialization of students. Chapter 4 presents demographic and research data about the communities, the two high schools, and the students who were the subject population for this research.

Part II consists of five chapters that describe the results of the various methods that were used to identify the personal characteristics of the boys in . . .

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