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Nature, Nurture, and Adolescent Development

Stephen A. Petrill, Robert Plomin, John C. Defries and John K. Hewitt

in Nature, Nurture, and the Transition to Early Adolescence

Published in print May 2003 | ISBN: 9780195157475
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199848065 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195157475.003.0001
Nature, Nurture, and Adolescent Development

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This book presents new findings on several key aspects of adolescent development. First, it describes research that examines cognitive development in early adolescence on the following topics: developmental analyses of general cognitive ability; parent-offspring analyses of specific cognitive abilities; stability and change in reading performance; and memory ability in middle childhood and early adolescence. It also explores adjustment and behavioral problems in adolescence in the following topics: somatic complaints from early childhood to early adolescence, attention problems, and adolescent adjustment. Then it discusses the development of mood and temperament in adolescence. Topics include change in depressive symptoms; loneliness; temperament; the relationship between temperament and behavioral problems; and humor use, temperament, and well-being. Finally, the book looks at the relationship between prenatal smoking and behavioral problems in adolescence, the relationship between negative family environments and externalizing behavioral problems, maternal differential treatment, life events, and the developmental trajectory of gene-environment processes.

Keywords: adolescence; adolescent development; cognitive ability; adjustment; behavioral problems; mood; temperament; well-being; family; smoking

Chapter.  3944 words. 

Subjects: Developmental Psychology

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