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. 35, No. 140, Winter

Adolescent Sex and Mass Media a Developmental Approach
ABSTRACT Media critics point to adolescents' exposure to "sexy" television and popular music. Developmental transitions lead to increased information seeking, and developmental tasks force adolescents to find information sources other than their...
Adolescent Victimization and Associated Suicidal and Violent Behaviors
ABSTRACT This study examined the relationship between victimization and both suicidal and violent behaviors among 1,569 public high school students in New York State (excluding New York City). They had participated in the 1997 Youth Risk Behavior...
Angry Adolescents Who Worry about Becoming Violent
ABSTRACT In the present study, 31 of 89 adolescents responded affirmatively to the following statement: "Sometimes I get so angry that I worry I will become violent." These adolescents (the anger group) were compared with the nonanger group, and...
Fathering and Children's Sex Role Orientation in Korea
ABSTRACT The purpose of this exploratory study was to examine variation in aspects of contemporary Korean fathering, such as warmth and involvement (frequency and task share), and its relationship to children's sex role development. One hundred...
Fitting In: Exploring the Emotional Dimension of Adolescent Peer Pressure
ABSTRACT The general public and academic researchers alike have long recognized the importance of peer relations in the lives of young people. However, three issues are notably absent from the dominant models of peer influence. First, these models...
High-Risk Behavior among Gay Adolescents: Implications for Treatment and Support
ABSTRACT This article contrasts the experiences of most adolescents during social and psychological development with the special challenges faced by those developoing on awareness of their homosexuality. Emphasis is placed upon the interplay between...
Interpersonal Relationship Quality in Young Adulthood: A Gender Analysis
ABSTRACT This study explored gender differences in the degree to which parent-child dyads and family system variables are associated with relationship quality in late adolescence and early adulthood. It was hypothesized that the quality of mother-child...
Knowledge about the Deleterious Effects of Smoking and Its Relationship to Smoking Cessation among Pregnant Adolescents
ABSTRACT Smoking cessation among pregnant adolescents remains a complex and unresolved issue. The purpose of this study was to examine adolescents' knowledge of the detrimental effects of smoking on pregnant women and fetuses and its relationship...
Loneliness and Fear of Intimacy among Adolescents Who Were Taught Not to Trust Strangers during Childhood
ABSTRACT This study explored feelings of loneliness and fear of intimacy among adolescents as a function of whether they were taught not to trust strangers during childhood. Eighty college students and their parents completed the Revised UCLA Loneliness...
Moderate Involvement in Sports Is Related to Lower Depression Levels among Adolescents
ABSTRACT Sports involvement has been found to be related to social and psychological well-being in Icelandic adolescents. The present study investigated whether similar relationships exist for American adolescents. A group of 89 high school seniors...
Punishments Adolescents Find Justified: An Examination of Attitudes toward Delinquency
ABSTRACT The purpose of this study was to examine adolescents' attitudes toward delinquency, specifically the degree to which they find norm violations acceptable in various circumstances. A total of 1,914 Dutch youths participated: 1,046 reported...
Revisiting the Imaginary Audience and Personal Fable Constructs of Adolescent Egocentrism: A Conceptual Review
ABSTRACT Adolescents are thought to believe that others are always watching and evaluating them, and that they are special and unique, labeled the imaginary audience and the personal fable, respectively. These two constructs have been fixtures in...
The Relationship between Barriers to Birth Control Use and Actual Birth Control Use among Mexican-American Adolescents
ABSTRACT This study examined the relationship between barriers to using birth control and actual use of birth control among a national sample of Mexican-American adolescents. Participants were either over age 15 or sexually active (regardless of...
Understanding Dysfunctional and Functional Family Behaviors for the At-Risk Adolescent
ABSTRACT At-risk adolescents and their impact on families and society, as well as characteristics of both healthy and maladaptive families, are discussed. Cognitive distortions of dysfunctional adolescents and their effect on family members, along...
What Every Professional Who Works with Adolescents Needs to Know about Firesetters
ABSTRACT The number of adolescent firesetters has been growing each year, along with the psychological and financial damage they create. It is therefore essential that mental health professionals who work with adolescents be aware of the characteristics...
"You Have to Have Somebody Watching Your Back, and If That's God, Then That's Mighty Big": The Church's Role in the Resilience of Inner-City Youth
ABSTRACT This study was designed to explore Freeman's (1986) finding that the institution that made the greatest contribution to male African-American youths' socioeconomic success was the church. Thirty-two African-American, Haitian-American, and...