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Childhood and Adolescence in Society

Childhood and Adolescence in Society
Selections From CQ Researcher

January 2011 | 336 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc


About CQ Researcher Readers

In the tradition of nonpartisan and current analysis that is the hallmark of CQ Press, CQ Researcher readers investigate important and controversial policy issues. Childhood and Adolescence in Society aims to promote in-depth discussion, facilitate further research, and help readers formulate their own positions on crucial issues in the field, such as child soldiers, teen pregnancy, and violence and bullying. Offer your students the balanced reporting, complete overviews, and engaging writing that CQ Researcher has consistently provided for more than 80 years. Each article gives substantial background and analysis of a particular issue as well as useful pedagogical features to inspire critical thinking and to help students grasp and review key material.

Key Features

  • Pro/con boxes that examine two competing sides of a single question
  • Detailed chronologies of key dates and events
  • Annotated bibliographies and web resources
  • Outlook sections that address possible regulation and initiatives from Capitol Hill and the White House over the next 5 to 10 years
  • Photos, charts, graphs, and maps

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Annotated Contents
1. Rescuing Children: Is the Global Community Doing Enough?
2. Child Soldiers: Are More Aggressive Efforts Needed to Protect Children?
3. Youth Violence: Are "Get Tough" Policies the Best Approach?
4. Cyberbullying: Are New Laws Needed to Curb Online Aggression?
5. Domestic Violence: Do Teenagers Need More Protection?
6. Bullying: Are Schools Doing Enough to Stop the Problem?
7. Student Rights: Have Courts Gone Too Far or Not Far Enough?
8. Juvenile Justice: Are Sentencing Policies Too Harsh?
9. Child Welfare Reform: Will Recent Changes Make At-Risk Children Safer?
10. Teen Pregnancy: Does Comprehensive Sex-Education Reduce Pregnancies?
11. Teen Spending: Are Teenagers Learning to Manage Money Wisely?
12. Teen Driving: Should States Impose Tougher Restrictions?
13. Youth Suicide: Should Government Fund More Prevention Programs?

Excellent overview of childhood and adolescence

Dr Chelle Oldham
School of Education (Ayr), University of the West of Scotland
November 16, 2020

A very insigful and useful for any undergraduate student. It covers majority of the topics that youth studies are dealing in contemporary times

Ms Irena Loveikaite
Department of Applied Arts, Waterford Institute of Technology
April 16, 2015

Too context-bound and more suited to the American market, as it relies heavily on the application of US law to controversial issues in American life.

Mrs Maggie Wilson
Education , Oxford Brookes University
November 25, 2014

This book examines two competing sides of a single question. Many different contraversial issues are examined from teen pregnancy to child soldiers, violence and cyber-bullying.

Ms Julie Burton
Psychology , Lincoln University
March 12, 2013

Unfortunatley the book takes examples predominantley from American studies and therefor does not provide enough pertinence for my programmes.

Mr Ben Tawil
child family and society, Glyndwr University
February 27, 2012

A very good collection of articles supported with photos, maps, graphs and various charts.

A very detailed chronology of key events and dates, this was found to be very useful.

The 'pros and cons' boxes enabled a two sided argument towards the questions.

An excellent supplementary reader

Mrs Sunray Heap
General Education , Cardiff and Vale College
December 12, 2011

An eclectic and helpful selection of readings; useful in setting out complex issues to do with adolescence.

Dr Helen Hingley-Jones
School of Health and Social Sciences, Middlesex University
June 13, 2011

This is a fasinating resource for teachers and possiable learners doing research, i am using it iin H&SC and CCLD classes. Only negative point is all legislation and statisics are for the USA and not UK / Europe which would have been useful.

Mr David Corry-Bass
CCLD / H&SC , South Leicestershire College
May 24, 2011

Having ordered the book to consider for a Research Methods Module I think it will work better for Ethics. A range of important ethical issues are explored using contemporary data and raising interesting and challenging issues for students to consider.

Dr Sally Nash
Youth, Midlands Centre for Youth Ministry
April 27, 2011

Useful American data for comparative feedback- sets issues in an international context.

The course is largely focussed on childhood issues- this book is weighted towards youth and adolesence, hence will not be adopted as a core text.

Mrs Maggie Wilson
Education , Oxford Brookes University
April 7, 2011
Key features
  • Each article begins with an overview, which briefly summarizes the areas that will be explored in greater detail in the rest of the article.
  • The next section covers important and current debates on the topic under discussion and is structured around a number of key questions, such as "Does comprehensive sex-education reduce teen pregnancies?" and "Are 'get tough' policies the best approach to youth violence problems?" These questions are usually the subject of much debate among scholars in the field. Hence, the answers presented are never conclusive but detail the range of opinion on the topic.
  • The "Background" section provides a history of the issue being examined. This retrospective covers important legislative measures and research that illustrate how current policy has evolved. Then the "Current Situation" section examines contemporary policy issues, legislation under consideration and legal action being taken.
  • Each selection concludes with an "Outlook" section, which addresses possible regulation, court rulings, and initiatives from Capitol Hill and the White House over the next ?ve to ten years.
  • Each report contains features that augment the main text: two to three sidebars that examine issues related to the topic at hand, a pro versus con debate between two experts, a chronology of key dates and events and an annotated bibliography detailing major sources used by the writer.

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