Problem Behavior as Growth in Adolescents

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1978, Vol 23(11), 925–926. Reviews the book, Problem Behavior and Psychosocial Development: A Longitudinal Study of Youth by Richard Jessor and Shirley L. Jessor (1977). The authors have written a clear and carefully reasoned report of their four-year longitudinal research concerning “problem behavior” in 205 high-school students and 483 university students who participated in four testings during their educational careers. Problem behavior is said to occur because the structure of variables that these systems “encompass are interrelated and organized so as to generate a resultant, a dynamic state that implicates a greater or lesser likelihood of occurrence of problem behavior.” However, despite the power, consistency, and exhaustiveness of the results, their analyses do not directly examine the operation of the dialectic. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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