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NCJ Number: 120211 Find in a Library
Title: Adolescent Transitions: A Life -- Course Perspective (From Social World of Adolescents: International Perspectives, P 65-85, 1989, Klaus Hurrelmann and Uwe Engel, eds. -- See NCJ-120206)
Author(s): M E Poole
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 21
Sponsoring Agency: Walter de Gruyter & Co
1 Berlin 30, Germany United
Sale Source: Walter de Gruyter & Co
Genthiner Str 13
1 Berlin 30,
Germany (Unified)
Type: Research (Theoretical)
Language: English
Country: West Germany (Former)
Annotation: This article presents a theoretical perspective on the social world of adolescents in transition to adulthood that is based on a life course involving age-related pathways and macrosocial, historical, and political contexts in the world of adolescents.
Abstract: The life course perspective is a combination of psychological and sociological elements applied to human development. Three key premises of this perspective are: (1) characteristics of individuals and their social environment interact and result in change over the life course; (2) changes in the environment affect life course patterns of individuals or cohorts; and (3) the collective behavior of individuals results in changed institutional norms. The life course perspective embodies change and temporality in the transition to adulthood, contextual dynamics related to family and peers, cohort and longitudinal studies, and changes in educational and social policies to address youth issues. Further, the life course perspective sheds light on changing expectations and views of adolescents; enables pathways from adolescence to adulthood to be mapped for different policy periods; and permits such themes as social integration, maintenance of the status quo, and social transformation to be assessed in terms of societal directions. 90 references.
Main Term(s): Juvenile social adjustment
Index Term(s): Adolescent attitudes; Behavioral science research; Social change; Sociological analyses
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