Two on Adolescence: A Clear Contrast

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Abstract

Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1978, Vol 23(11), 882–883. Reviews the book, Adolescence and Youth: Psychological Development in a Changing World. 2nd ed by John Janeway Conger (see record 1978-20685-000) and Adolescence: Theory and Experience by Edward A. Dreyfus (1976). The first book covers basic developmental issues such as the various mechanisms alleged by different theories to account for development and the role played in development by physical growth and by unconscious mental dynamics. The second book in contrast, is intended as a vehicle to create empathy in the reader for the subjective experience of adolescence and to counterpoint this subjective purpose with summaries of the “official wisdom” in the field on various topics, representing the “social-emotional” side of development. In sum, in contrast, is intended as a vehicle to create empathy in the reader for the subjective experience of adolescence and to counterpoint this subjective purpose with summaries of the “official wisdom” in the field on various topics, representing the “social-emotional” side of development. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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