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The Nature of Adolescence


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Table of Contents

1. Introduction. 2. Physical Development. 3. Thinking and Reasoning. 4. The Self and Identity. 5. The Family. 6. Health. 7. Sexual Development. 8. Adolescence and Education. 9. Friends and the Peer Group. 10. Anti-Social Behaviour. 11. Risk, Resilience and Coping in Adolescence.

About the Author

John C. Coleman is Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Education at Oxford University. He is also a Visiting Professor at the University of Bedfordshire. He was the Editor of the Journal of Adolescence for 14 years , and is an internationally recognised expert in the field of adolescence. He was awarded an OBE for services to youth in 2001. a a


"This book is unique in bringing together perspectives on adolescence from psychology, psychoanalysis, anthropology, neuroscience and criminology. John Coleman's particular talent is not only to make these complex ideas accessible to students and researchers, he also draws out their implications for those who work professionally with adolescents. As such, The Nature of Adolescence is essential reading for all those who wish to understand, and work more effectively with, young people." - John Pitts, Vauxhall Professor of Socio-legal Studies, University of Bedfordshire, UK "In a society more troubled than ever by the problems of adolescence, this is a welcome and balanced overview, based entirely on scientific evidence. Enjoyable and authoritative reading for all who work with young people." - Lord Richard Layard, Well-being Programme, LSE Centre for Economic Performance, UK "In this 4th edition of The Nature of Adolescence, John Coleman has woven together wisdom and scholarship to create a highly readable text. Topics such as the family and resilience are discussed with an informed intelligence which makes this book essential reading for anyone working with adolescents." - Professor Anne Edwards, Director, Department of Education, University of Oxford, UK "Adolescence is indeed both a challenge and a delight, and John Coleman's balanced, robust and fair approach to the topic is such a relief from negative media portrayals and thoughtless doom and gloom. This readable book provides a great deal of useful and practical information for anyone interested in the topic, and helps us to understand this important life stage." - Ann Hagell, Programme Head, Changing Adolescence Programme, The Nuffield Foundation London, UK and Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Adolescence

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