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Psychosocial Disturbances in Young People : Challenges for Prevention - Michael Rutter

Psychosocial Disturbances in Young People

Challenges for Prevention

By: Michael Rutter (Editor)

Paperback Published: 9th February 1998
ISBN: 9780521598736
Number Of Pages: 426

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Since the time of the Second World War, there has been a marked rise in all sorts of psychosocial problems in young people-- crime, suicidal behavior, alcohol and drug abuse, depression and eating disorders. The rise has been striking because during this same time period, the physical health of people and their living conditions has improved in most developed countries. Why have psychosocial disorders in adolescents increased and what can be done to prevent the disorders or at least to reduce their adverse impact? In Psychosocial Disturbances in Young People: Challenges for Prevention, top experts provide an overview of important areas in adolescence, ranging from delinquency to depression, addressing these key questions: To what extent is the problem a single entity as compared with diverse entities? What are the respective influences of individual, family, and societal factors in the etiology of such problems? To what extent are there similarities or differences in the presentation and cause of these problems in childhood, adolescence, and adulthood? To what extent are there continuities between childhood and adulthood, and what are the risk factors and protective factors? The contributors examine ways that problems might be prevented via schools, youth organizations, or mechanisms for coping with stress. The volume successfully integrates various perspectives, with a summary chapter framing the issue of psychosocial problems in adolescence.

Industry Reviews

' ... brings together a comprehensive range of research to shed light on what disturbs the young people of today - who will become the parents of tomorrow. Anyone who is concerned with young people and the future of our society should read this excellent book.' John Pearce, British Medical Journal ' ... well worth reading for the quality of its individual contributions'. David M. Fergusson, Journal of Child Psychology 'This is an interesting and useful book dealing with important contemporary issues highly relevant to the adolescents of today ... Child and adolescent psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, educators, youth workers and other professionals who have to work with adolescents on a daily basis will find this book invaluable.' Paul Lee, Australian and New Zealand Journal

What is special about adolescence?
Anne Petersen and Nancy Leffert
Timing of puberty and reactions to pubertal changes
The challenge of teenage antisocial behaviour
The challenge of depressive disorders in adolescence
Toward explaining patterns and trends in youth crime
Depression and suicidal behaviours in adolescence: sociocultural and time trends Rene
Preventive Strategies
Promoting successful coping during adolescence
Positive effects of participation in youth organizations
Community influences on adolescent behaviour
The positive effects of schooling
Sociocultural trends affecting the prevalence of adolescent problems Lee
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ISBN: 9780521598736
ISBN-10: 0521598737
Series: Jacobs Foundation Series on Adolescence (Paperback)
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 426
Published: 9th February 1998
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.58 x 15.16  x 2.34
Weight (kg): 0.58