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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(7), 560–561. Reviews the books, Adolescent Development and Behavior by Jerome B. Dusek (see record 1979-20688-000); and The Psychology of Adolescence. 3rd ed by Arthur T. Jersild, Judith S. Brook, and David W. Brook (1978). Both of these books are competently written, up-to-date texts on adolescence. How does one choose between them ignoring for the moment all the other current textbooks on adolescence? The Dusek book appears to be oriented more toward research and conceptualization, and the writing is more personalized than the second volume. On the other hand, the Jersild et al book focuses more on the subjective side of adolescence and looks at research findings from the standpoint of what they mean for the adolescent's self-concept. In the Dusek book, the developmental approach is emphasized, whereas the topical approach characterizes the Jersild, Brook, and Brook text. Both books stand up well against the quite formidable competition. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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