Reflections and implications

Ann Hagell and Sharon Witherspoon

in Changing Adolescence

Published by Policy Press

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9781447301042
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447307242 | DOI:
Reflections and implications

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There is suggestive evidence that several domains of social change may 'matter' in regard to increases in emotional and behavioural symptoms of adolescents between the mid 1970s and the mid 2000s. However, our review of the evidence base revealed far fewer 'change' data than we might have expected from the level of discussion around these topics, and some of the change goes in a different direction to what might be expected. In this chapter we discuss some of the wider implications of the work, both for our understanding and also for development of a subsequent research agenda in this area. The study of social history and the way in which social institutions shape adolescent experiences both need to be more fundamental to social science in this area, if we are to understand how changing times lead to changing adolescence.

Keywords: Adolescent; Mental health; Social change; Post-16 education; Time use; Families; Alcohol

Chapter.  6090 words. 

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