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Advancing a global understanding of adolescence
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
2012 (English)In: PsycCritiques, ISSN 1553-0138, Vol. 57, no 37Article, book review (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.)) Published
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Reviews the book, Adolescent Psychology Around the World edited by Jeffrey Jensen Arnett (see record 2011-23173-000). This book offers readers profiles of adolescents’ everyday lives. Each chapter provides a summary of relevant information on adolescents in one country. The authors were charged with addressing the same 14 topics, and the products are national views on adolescents coupled with the possibility of cross-national comparisons by topic area. The book aims to correct an imbalance in adolescent research, which is overly focused on American adolescents. Although the book’s stated purpose is a descriptive one, questions about what is development itself, what is the relation between human development and culture, and what is optimal youth development from a global perspective are hard to avoid when one is reading this volume. Even if one has a desire for this book to have had more ambitious aims in terms of theory and metatheory, it does illustrate the value of attempting to take culture seriously. Because this book represents one of the many steps needed to move psychology and the field of human development forward, it is essential reading, whether one is a practitioner working with adolescents or a university lecturer or student participating in a course connected to adolescence or human development. Scholars will also find Adolescent Psychology Around the World a useful work, with many chapters providing high-quality scholarship and/or novel coverage of topics within the field of adolescence.

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American Psychological Association (APA), 2012. Vol. 57, no 37
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book review, Adolescent Psychology Around the World, Jeffrey Jensen Arnett
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-87169DOI: 10.1037/a0028383OAI: diva2:601118
Available from: 2013-01-28 Created: 2013-01-28 Last updated: 2013-02-18Bibliographically approved

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