Adolescent Lives

Below is a list of in-print works in this collection, presented in series order or publication order as applicable.

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1.Cover: The Relationship Code: Deciphering Genetic and Social Influences on Adolescent Development

The Relationship Code: Deciphering Genetic and Social Influences on Adolescent Development

Reiss, David
Neiderhiser, Jenae M.
Hetherington, E. Mavis
Plomin, Robert

The Relationship Code is the report of a longitudinal study, conducted over a ten-year period, of the influence of family relationships and genetic factors on competence and psychopathology in adolescent development. The sample for this landmark study included 720 pairs of same-sex adolescent siblings—including twins, half siblings, and genetically unrelated siblings—and their parents. Using a clear expressive style, David Reiss and his coinvestigators propose a striking hypothesis: family relationships are crucial to the expression of genetic influences and may constitute a code for translating genetic influences into the ontogeny of behaviors, a code every bit as important for behavior as DNA-RNA.

2.Cover: Working and Growing Up in America

Working and Growing Up in America

Mortimer, Jeylan T.

Should teenagers have jobs while they’re in high school? Doesn’t working distract them from schoolwork, cause long-term problem behaviors, and precipitate a “precocious” transition to adulthood? This report from a longitudinal study of 1,000 students, followed from the beginning of high school through their mid-twenties, answers, resoundingly, no.

3.Cover: The New Gay Teenager

The New Gay Teenager

Savin-Williams, Ritch C.

Gay, straight, bisexual: how much does sexual orientation matter to a teenager’s mental health or sense of identity? In this down-to-earth book, filled with the voices of young people speaking for themselves, Ritch Savin-Williams argues that the standard image of gay youth presented by mental health researchers—as depressed, isolated, drug-dependent, even suicidal—may have been exaggerated even twenty years ago, and is far from accurate today.

4.Cover: Out of the Woods: Tales of Resilient Teens

Out of the Woods: Tales of Resilient Teens

Hauser, Stuart T.
Allen, Joseph P.
Golden, Eve

Deeply troubled teenagers spend time in a locked psychiatric ward. They are out of control—violent or suicidal, in trouble with the law, unpredictable, and dangerous. Twenty years later, a handful of them are thriving. In a series of interviews that began during their hospitalizations and ended years later, these teens tell their stories.

Imagining the End: Mourning and Ethical Life, by Jonathan Lear, from Harvard University Press

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