Lisa Rapp-Paglicci

in Social Work

ISBN: 9780195389678
Published online April 2011 | | DOI:


The developmental period of adolescence has been a predominant area of inquiry since the late 1980s, with many scholars from many different fields examining this developmental stage. Many nonurban-agrarian cultures outside of the United States do not consider adolescence a specific or special developmental stage, but instead believe that children simply develop into adults without much ado. However, most scholars deem adolescence as quite critical for the successful development of an individual into a healthy adult. The domain of adolescence is very expansive and includes the study of development across multiple dimensions, including biological, physical, cognitive, emotional, and social. Culture, class, and diversity also impact this developmental trajectory and need to be considered. The greatest task of adolescence is identity formation, or determining who one is. This development stage also encompasses the study of peers, family, groups, emotions, love, sexuality, work, school, and stress. In addition, adolescents are vulnerable to specific problems, such as obesity, violence, substance abuse, mental illness, and suicide. This bibliography will cover the broad area of adolescence and three subtopics: substance abuse, eating disorders, and sexuality.

Article.  4678 words. 

Subjects: Social Work

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