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Adolescence in Context

Adolescence in Context

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August 2020 | 392 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
From award-winning author Tara L. Kuther comes Adolescence in Context, a topically oriented text that connects learners to the science that shapes our understanding of today's teenagers and young adults. The book is organized around three core themes: the centrality of context, the importance of research, and the applied value of developmental science. The text presents classic research, current research, and foundational theories, which Kuther frames in real-life contexts such as gender, race and ethnicity, and socioeconomic status. Students will come away with an understanding of the book’s themes and material that they will immediately be able to apply to their own lives and future careers.

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Teach a course on infants and/or children? Kuther's Child and Adolescent Development in Context covers ages 0 to early 20’s and Kuther’s Infants and Children in Context covers ages 0 to 12.

Also of Interest: Case Studies in Lifespan Development by Stephanie M. Wright presents a series of 12 case studies shaped by the contributions of real students to build immersive examples that readers can relate to and enjoy. Bundle Case Studies in Lifespan Development with Adolescence in Context for even more savings.

About the Author
Chapter 1. Introduction to Adolescent Development
History of Adolescence

Adolescent Development

Theories of Adolescent Development

The Science of Adolescent Development

The Promise and Challenge of Applied Developmental Science

Chapter Summary

Key Terms

Chapter 2. Biological Development

Psychological and Social Effects of Puberty

Pubertal Timing

Biological and Contextual Influences on Pubertal Timing

Health in Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood

Chapter Summary

Key Terms

Chapter 3. Cognitive Development
Brain Development in Adolescence

Cognitive-Developmental Theory

Information Processing Theory

Individual Differences in Intelligence

Social Cognition

Chapter Summary

Key Terms

Chapter 4. Self and Identity



Ethnic-Racial Identity

Chapter Summary

Key Terms

Chapter 5. Gender
Gender Stereotypes and Gender Differences

Influences on Gendered Behavior

Gender Typing and Gender Identity

Transgender Identity

Chapter Summary

Key Terms

Chapter 6. Sexuality
Sexual Activity During Adolescence

Influences on Sexual Activity

Risky Sexual Activity and Problems

Sexuality Education

Chapter Summary

Key Terms

Chapter 7. Morality, Religion, and Values
Moral Development

Prosocial Development

Religion and Religiosity

Civic Development and Engagement

Chapter Summary

Key Terms

Chapter 8. Family Context
The Family as a System

Parent–Adolescent Relationships

Parenting Styles

Families and Family Transitions

Chapter Summary

Key Terms

Chapter 9. Peer Context

Peer Group

Peer Influence


Chapter Summary

Key Terms

Chapter 10. School and Work Contexts
Achievement Motivation

School Transitions and Academic Achievement

Adolescents With Developmental Disabilities and Specific Learning Disorders

Adolescent Work and Education

Chapter Summary

Key Terms

Chapter 11. Media and Online Contexts
Understanding Adolescents’ Use of Media

Effects of Exposure to Adult Themes in Media

Social Media and Adolescent Development

Media Literacy

Chapter Summary

Key Terms

Chapter 12. Socioemotional and Behavioral Problems During Adolescence
Substance Use

Depression, Suicide, and Nonsuicidal Self-Injury



Chapter Summary

Key Terms

Author Index
Subject Index


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“A broad, accessible text that includes features that appeal to today's diverse college students.”

Robert S. Weisskirch
California State University, Monterey Bay

“Topics are well organized. Research is presented fairly and both sides are represented.”

Susan L. O'Donnell
George Fox University

“The text does a nice job of discussion adolescent development within context. It integrates multiple developmental processes within the topic (e.g., how impulsiveness relates to media consumption). It's a good level for undergraduate and perhaps master's students.”

Melinda A. Gonzales-Backen, Ph.D.
Florida State University

“This book is geared to the adolescent and helps them to understand the many facets of being an adolescent. It is engaging, contains unbiased and timely information.”

Celeste Uthe-Burrow, Ed.D
Augustana University

“Accessible adolescent psych text that make deliberate effort to include cultural, critical and biological perspectives.”

Kathryn E. Frazier
Worcester State University

Loved the immersion into contexts. Accessible material for anyone interested in adolescence.

Larissa Predy
Psychology Dept, Univ Of Alberta
March 27, 2021
Key features
  • This text is available as a digital option through SAGE Vantage, an intuitive digital platform that offers auto-graded assignments and interactive multimedia tools—including video—all designed to enable students to better prepare for class. Learn more.
  • Lives in Context video cases through the SAGE Vantage digital option of the text build on the contextual examples that the author includes in the text, looking at the ways in which biological, cultural, community, family, racial / ethnic, and socioeconomic factors influence development. The videos include interviews, and observational studies that show children performing tasks at various stages of development.
  • Experience Development videos offer real world case stories embedded within each chapter in SAGE Vantage. Coupled with assessment, these fictional scenarios follow the life experiences of American adolescent Leonardo Ramirez. By engaging with his life story and thinking critically about the choices Leo faces, learners apply developmental principals while empathizing with the experiences and decisions he faces day-to-day. Watch a sample video.
  • Learning pedagogy drawn from The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) helps students master concepts and remedy gaps in understanding.
    • Review items assess the lower levels of Bloom’s taxonomy: recalling and explaining concepts.
    • Thinking in Context items ask students to consider the role of context in the topic as well as reflect on their experience; these are organized to assess the higher levels of Bloom’s taxonomy: apply, analyze, and evaluate.
    • Apply items typically provide a short scenario involving adolescents and ask readers to provide insight and solve a problem.
  • Embedded intersectional influences coverage examines the ways in which constructs of race, gender, socioeconomic level, and other variables interact and influence development.
  • Chapter-opening learning objectives, end-of-chapter summaries, and end-of-chapter review questions that return to learning objectives recap the key concepts presented in the chapter.
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