Scholarship and Exhortation

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(4), 328–329. Reviews the book, Adolescence: Transition from Childhood to Maturity. 2nd ed by B. Geraldine Lambert, Barbara F. Rothschild, Richard Altland, and Laurence B. Green (see record 1979-20835-000). The authors assert that “adolescence should be marked with continual striving to achieve those behaviors that mark the mature human being.” Maturity (self-actualization) is denned as equilibration between uninhibited and suppressed emotional expression, individuality and subserviance, gullibility and skepticism, and so forth. The author's embrace of the scholarship-and-exhortation approach leads them to portray adolescence as a joyless, lonely journey through mountains of problems to the land of nirvana. The text thus emerges as litany of potential tribulations about which those interested in adolescence perhaps should be alerted. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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