The Promise of Adolescence

Adolescenceâ€"beginning with the onset of puberty and ending in the mid-20sâ€"is a critical period of development during which key areas of the brain mature and develop.

Author: National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

Publisher: National Academies Press

ISBN: 0309490111

Category: Social Science

Page: 492

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Adolescenceâ€"beginning with the onset of puberty and ending in the mid-20sâ€"is a critical period of development during which key areas of the brain mature and develop. These changes in brain structure, function, and connectivity mark adolescence as a period of opportunity to discover new vistas, to form relationships with peers and adults, and to explore one's developing identity. It is also a period of resilience that can ameliorate childhood setbacks and set the stage for a thriving trajectory over the life course. Because adolescents comprise nearly one-fourth of the entire U.S. population, the nation needs policies and practices that will better leverage these developmental opportunities to harness the promise of adolescenceâ€"rather than focusing myopically on containing its risks. This report examines the neurobiological and socio-behavioral science of adolescent development and outlines how this knowledge can be applied, both to promote adolescent well-being, resilience, and development, and to rectify structural barriers and inequalities in opportunity, enabling all adolescents to flourish.

The Promise of Adolescence

Part I : Adolescence as a period of opportunity -- Introduction -- Adolescent development -- How environment "gets under the skin" : the continuous interplay between biology and environment -- Inequity and adolescence -- Part II : using ...

Author: National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (U.S.). Committee on the Neurobiological and Socio-behavioral Science of Adolescent Development and Its Applications


ISBN: 9780309490092

Category: Child development

Page: 467

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Our nation's youth hold the key to our future well-being. Investing generously in them will create a "more perfect union." That is the central message of this consensus report on the "promise of adolescence" sponsored by the Funders for Adolescent Science Translation, a consortium of foundations that came together with the aim of using science to produce more equitable and positive life outcomes for youth. This report takes its place in a sequence of National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine reports exploring the science of child and adolescent development that began with From Neurons to Neighborhoods, the path-breaking Institute of Medicine study on the science of early childhood development published in 2000.

Flourishing in Adolescence

Claire Brindis, codirector of the Adolescent and Young Adult Health National Resource Center at the University of California in San Francisco presented the 2019 National Academies consensus study report on The Promise of Adolescence: ...

Author: National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

Publisher: National Academies Press

ISBN: 0309683327

Category: Social Science

Page: 84

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Adolescence is a dynamic time for both brain development and social pressures, making it a critical period to understand mental, emotional, and behavioral health, yet it is often overlooked in terms of policies and service interventions, which makes many young people feel unheard when communicating their own challenges. To explore best practices in providing and supporting adolescent health services and key messaging and communication strategies related to the mental, emotional, and behavioral health of adolescents, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine's Forum for Children's Well-Being held a workshop on May 5, 2020. The workshop featured a panel of youth representatives who shared their own experiences related to mental, emotional, and behavioral health. This publication summarizes the presentation and discussion of the workshop.

Promoting Positive Adolescent Health Behaviors and Outcomes

26 PROMOTING POSITIVE ADOLESCENT HEALTH BEHAVIORS & OUTCOMES CONCLUSIONS OF THE PROMISE OF ADOLESCENCE: REALIZING OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL YOUTH (2019) Adolescence forms the critical bridge between childhood and adulthood, making it an ideal ...

Author: National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

Publisher: National Academies Press

ISBN: 0309496802

Category: Social Science

Page: 194

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Adolescence is a critical growth period in which youth develop essential skills that prepare them for adulthood. Prevention and intervention programs are designed to meet the needs of adolescents who require additional support and promote healthy behaviors and outcomes. To ensure the success of these efforts, it is essential that they include reliably identifiable techniques, strategies, or practices that have been proven effective. Promoting Positive Adolescent Health Behaviors and Outcomes: Thriving in the 21st Century identifies key program factors that can improve health outcomes related to adolescent behavior and provides evidence-based recommendations toward effective implementation of federal programming initiatives. This study explores normative adolescent development, the current landscape of adolescent risk behavior, core components of effective programs focused on optimal health, and recommendations for research, programs, and policies.

Nature and the Human Soul

The crisis of adolescence and the crisis of our culture are two facets of the same impasse. Seizing the opportunity in one quickens the opportunity for the other. Once enough people embrace the true nature of adolescence — its promise ...

Author: Bill Plotkin

Publisher: New World Library

ISBN: 1577313542

Category: Self-Help

Page: 528

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Addressing the pervasive longing for meaning and fulfillment in this time of crisis, Nature and the Human Soul introduces a visionary ecopsychology of human development that reveals how fully and creatively we can mature when soul and wild nature guide us. Depth psychologist and wilderness guide Bill Plotkin presents a model for a human life span rooted in the cycles and qualities of the natural world, a blueprint for individual development that ultimately yields a strategy for cultural transformation. If it is true, as Plotkin and others observe, that we live in a culture dominated by adolescent habits and desires, then the enduring societal changes we so desperately need won’t happen until we individually and collectively evolve into an engaged, authentic adulthood. With evocative language and personal stories, including those of elders Thomas Berry and Joanna Macy, this book defines eight stages of human life — Innocent, Explorer, Thespian, Wanderer, Soul Apprentice, Artisan, Master, and Sage — and describes the challenges and benefits of each. Plotkin offers a way of progressing from our current egocentric, aggressively competitive, consumer society to an ecocentric, soul-based one that is sustainable, cooperative, and compassionate. At once a primer on human development and a manifesto for change, Nature and the Human Soul fashions a template for a more mature, fulfilling, and purposeful life — and a better world.

Handbook of Adolescent Development Research and Its Impact on Global Policy

In addition to providing actionable strategies for policy-makers and practitioners, this volume consciously adopts a positive framing of adolescence, representing young people as opportunities, rather than threats.

Author: Jennifer E. Lansford

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 019084714X

Category: Psychology

Page: 560

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Of the 1.2 billion adolescents in the world today, 90% live in low- and middle-income countries. These adolescents face many challenges in their lives. Enrollment in secondary schools is still low in many parts of the world, with illiteracy rates approaching 30% in the least developed countries. Further, adolescents not in school are more vulnerable to trafficking, recruitment into armed conflict, and child labor. Many adolescent girls marry and begin bearing children at a young age, contributing to the perpetuation of poverty and health problems. Despite these many challenges, adolescents also represent a resource to be cultivated through educational opportunities and vocational training to move them toward economic independence, through initiatives to improve their reproductive health, and through positive interpersonal relationships to help them avoid risky behaviors and make positive decisions about their futures. Edited by Jennifer E. Lansford and Prerna Banati, the Handbook of Adolescent Development Research and its Impact on Global Policy tackles both the challenges and the promise of adolescence by presenting cutting-edge research on social, emotional, behavioral, cognitive, and physical development. In addition to providing actionable strategies for policy-makers and practitioners, this volume consciously adopts a positive framing of adolescence, representing young people as opportunities, rather than threats. Throughout the book, readers will find a valuable investment at the individual and societal levels as a way to contribute to a positive shift in the public discourse around young people today.

The Other Within

However , the promise of adolescence is not held out to everyone . Bad Faith and Mystification Some people never experience the liberation of feeling their own subjective power to remake the world and are not permitted to see the cracks ...

Author: Fredrika Scarth

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780742534766

Category: Philosophy

Page: 195

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In The Other Within, Fredrika Scarth builds upon the recent studies that have surfaced as part of the Simone de Beauvoir renaissance to offer a reading of The Second Sex as an ethical text. Scarth provides us with a unique and enlightening study of Beauvoir's writing on the female body, and in particular on maternity as an important piece of Beauvoir's writing. Unlike other feminist scholars who find in Beauovir's writing a horror and repudiation of mother hood, Scarth argues that Beauvoir's writing on maternity can open up new possibilities of embodied subjectivity and agency, and can found a truly ethical relationship with the other.

The Promise of the New and Genealogies of Education Reform

If such a higher stage is ever added to our race, it will not be by increments at any later plateau of adult life, but it will come by increased development of the adolescent stage, which is the bud and the promise for the race. (p.

Author: Julie McLeod

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317613589

Category: Education

Page: 128

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This volume explores questions about hope, optimism and the possibilities of the ‘new’ as expressed in educational thinking on the nature and problem of adolescence. One focus is on the interwar years in Australian education, and the proliferation of educational reports and programs directed to understanding, governing, educating and enlivening adolescents. This included studies of the secondary school curriculum, reviews of teaching of civics and democracy, the development of guidance programs, the specification of the needs and attributes of the adolescent, and interventions to engage the ‘average student’ in post-primary schooling. Framed by imperatives to respond in new ways to educational problems, and to the call of modernity, many of these programs and reforms conveyed a sense of enormous optimism in the compelling power of education and schools to foster new personal and social knowledge and transformation. A second focus is the expression of such utopianism in educational history – themes that may seem novel, or incongruous, or even inexplicable in the present – and in studies and representations of young people as citizens in the making. Finally, developing broadly genealogical approaches to the study of adolescence, the chapters variously seek to provoke more explicitly historical thinking about the construction of the field of youth studies. This book was originally published as a special issue of the Journal of Educational Administrative and History.

Adolescents Media and the Law

Providing adolescents with opportunities to manage developmental needs certainly constitutes the most significant promise of modern communication systems. The promise of adolescents' encounters with the new media certainly contributes ...

Author: Roger J. R. Levesque

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0195320441

Category: Psychology

Page: 345

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This title presents a review of all current knowledge about the developmental effects of media on adolescents, from television and movies to magazines and advertising. Legal restrictions and less formal regulatory bodies are reviewed to present a full picture of the ways in which media is constrained to protect adolescents' development.

Fulfilling the Promise

But because they did not address the needs of the adolescent, they were not consistent with the rationale for the middle-school curriculum. Projects developed particularly for early adolescents that were based on modular materials and ...

Author: National Research Council

Publisher: National Academies Press

ISBN: 0309051479

Category: Education

Page: 168

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Why are students today not learning biology, appreciating its importance in their lives, or pursuing it as a career? Experts believe dismal learning experiences in biology classes are causing the vast majority of students to miss information that could help them lead healthier lives and make more intelligent decisions as adults. How can we improve the teaching of biology throughout the school curriculum? Fulfilling the Promise offers a vision of what biology education in our schools could be--along with practical, hard-hitting recommendations on how to make that vision a reality. Noting that many of their recommended changes will be controversial, the authors explore in detail the major questions that must be answered to bring biology education to an acceptable standard: how elementary, middle, and high-school biology education arrived at its present state; what impediments stand in the way of improving biology education; how to properly prepare biology teachers and encourage their continuing good performance; and what type of leadership is needed to improve biology education.

Community Health and Wellness

The other aspect of personal development that is not always addressed with adolescents concerns spiritual needs. ... At adolescence, it can create a lifelong template for dissatisfaction and longing. ... Few celebrate the promise ...

Author: Anne McMurray

Publisher: Elsevier Australia

ISBN: 0729539547

Category: Medical

Page: 451

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Perfect for: . Bachelor of Nursing Students . Postgraduate Child and Adolescent Health Students . Postgraduate community-based Nursing . Bachelor of Midwifery Students . Bachelor of Public Health Students Community Health & Wellness: Primary health care in practice, 5th Edition represents contemporary thinking and research in community health and wellness from Australia, New Zealand and the global community. It challenges students and health professionals to become more aware of the primary health care (PHC) environments in which they work in order to gain an understanding of what is socially determining the health of the individuals, families and communities within their care. . Provides a focus on primary health care practice in Australia and New Zealand . Research and evidence-based practice throughout each chapter . Group exercises that can be used in practice or tutorial groups . Reflective questions to challenge the understanding of key principles and practice . Additional resources for lecturers via Evolve. . Two new chapters: Chapter 3 Assessing the Community Chapter 6 Working in groups . The SDH Assessment Circle - a new model for community assessment . Stronger emphasis on working with migrant and refugee families . A new continuous case study - the Mason and Smith families; both fly-in fly-out (FIFO) families.

Biologising the Social Sciences

Epstein, R. (2007b) The case against adolescence: rediscovering the adult in every teen (Sanger, CA, Quill Driver). ... Johnson, S., Blum, R. & Giedd, J. (2009) Adolescent maturity and the brain: the promise and pitfalls of neuroscience ...

Author: David Canter

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317412214

Category: Psychology

Page: 154

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You can hardly open a paper or read an academic journal without some attempt to explain an aspect of human behaviour or experience by reference to neuroscience, biological or evolutionary processes. This ‘biologising’ has had rather a free ride until now, being generally accepted by the public at large. However, there is a growing number of scholars who are challenging the assumption that we are little more than our bodies and animal origins. This volume brings together a review of these emerging critiques expressed by an international range of senior academics from across the social sciences. Their arguments are firmly based in the empirical, scientific tradition. They show the lack of logic or evidence for many ‘biologising’ claims, as well as the damaging effects these biological assumptions can have on issues such as dealing with dyslexia or treating alcoholism. This important book, originally published as a special issue of Contemporary Social Science, contributes to a crucial debate on what it means to be human. "This collection of articles by David Canter and his colleagues, rigorously argued and richly informative [...] are of immense importance. It is astonishing that, as Canter puts it in his brilliant overview of biologising trends [...] there are those in the humanities who need to be reminded "that human beings can talk and interact with each other, generating cultures and societies that have an existence that cannot be reduced to their mere mechanical parts". Professor Raymond Tallis FRCP FMedSci DLitt LittD in the Preface.

The Promise of Nostalgia

... but sometimes re-engages ghosts which need redeeming, the betrayed promises of yesterday that still have relevance today. ... One is reminded of Bloch's view of adolescence as the time when a foundational wonder is most acute.

Author: Nicola Sayers

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 0429632517

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 226

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The Promise of Nostalgia analyses a range of texts – including The Virgin Suicides, both the novel by Jeffrey Eugenides’ and Sofia Coppola’s screen adaptation, photography of Detroit’s ‘abandoned spaces’, and blogger Tavi Gevinson's media output – to explore nostalgia as a prominent affect in contemporary American cultural production. Counter to the prevalent caricature of nostalgia as anti-future, the book proposes a more nuanced reading of its stakes and meanings. Instead of understanding it as evidence of the absence of utopia it contends that there is a masked utopian impulse in this nostalgia ‘mode’ and critical potential in what has typically been dismissed as ideological. This book will be of interest to scholars, graduate students and upper-level undergraduate students interested in contemporary culture, cultural theory, media studies, the Frankfurt School, utopian studies and American literature and culture.

Fulfilling the Promise

Terese J. Lund and Eric Dearing, “Growing Up Affluent Risky for Adolescents or Is the Problem Growing Up in an Affluent Neighborhood?” Journal of Research on Adolescence 23, no. 2 (2012): 279–80. 12.

Author: Mandy Savitz-Romer

Publisher: Harvard Education Press

ISBN: 1682533565

Category: Education

Page: 232

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Savitz-Romer offers a strategic approach to school counseling that enables educational leaders to draw on existing staff to create supportive contexts and programs for students. In this model of the “academic home,” counselors serve as the first point of contact for student support, connecting and coordinating services much like primary care physicians coordinate patient care in medical settings. They serve as the hub of a network of supports to prevent students from falling between the cracks. By highlighting promising practices in schools, districts, and states, and the efforts of individual school counselors and leaders, Fulfilling the Promise presents a conceptualization of school counseling that is relevant for all educators, as well as policy makers and funders. In order to create the conditions for school counselors to be most effective, however, systemic barriers must be addressed. This book brings together research, practical experience, and policy recommendations to envision a focused and practical role for school counselors in the twenty-first century.

The Promise of Technology in Schools

—]ack Welch, CEO, General Electric As America enters what promises to be a period of history that will see many new and ... and part-time jobs in record numbers, challenging the priority of school-based learning during adolescence.

Author: Charles K. Stallard

Publisher: R&L Education

ISBN: 0810840820

Category: Education

Page: 141

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How can educators survive in the whirlwind restructuring and reform caused by the digital age? Will information technology improve learning, and how? This work answers these questions, by surveying the next 20 years in education.

The Gothic in Contemporary Literature and Popular Culture

Rather than saying that history has made a promise of growth to adulthood which has been broken in the twentieth century (something which can be both confirmed and critiqued via consideration of adolescence), it would be more accurate ...

Author: Justin D. Edwards

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 0415806763

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 202

View: 189

This interdisciplinary collection brings together world leaders in Gothic Studies, offering dynamic new readings on popular Gothic cultural productions from the last decade. Topics covered include, but are not limited to: contemporary High Street Goth/ic fashion, Gothic performance and art festivals, Gothic popular fiction from Twilight to Shadow of the Wind, Goth/ic popular music, Goth/ic on TV and film, new trends like Steampunk, well-known icons Batman and Lady Gaga, and theorizations of popular Gothic monsters (from zombies and vampires to werewolves and ghosts) in an age of terror/ism.

The Promise of Integrated Multicultural and Bilingual Education

Schools as developmental contexts during adolescence. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 21(1), 225–241. Ellis, C. R. (2007). No child left behind—a critical analysis. Curriculum and Teaching Dialogue, 9(1), 12. Epstein, J. L. (2001).

Author: Zvi Bekerman

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199336520

Category: Psychology

Page: 200

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The Promise of Integrated and Multicultural Bilingual Education presents the results of a long-term ethnographic study of the integrated bilingual Palestinian-Jewish schools in Israel that offer a new educational option to two groups of Israelis--Palestinians and Jews--who have been in conflict for the last one hundred years. Their goal is to create egalitarian bilingual multicultural environments to facilitate the growth of youth who can acknowledge and respect "others" while maintaining loyalty to their respective cultural traditions. In this book, Bekerman reveals the complex school practices implemented while negotiating identity and culture in contexts of enduring conflict. Data gathered from interviews with teachers, students, parents, and state officials are presented and analyzed to explore the potential and limitations of peace education given the cultural resources, ethnic-religious affiliations, political beliefs, and historical narratives of the various interactants. The book concludes with critique of Western positivist paradigmatic perspectives that currently guide peace education, maintaining that one of the primary weaknesses of current bilingual and multicultural approaches to peace education is their failure to account for the primacy of the political framework of the nation state and the psychologized educational perspectives that guide their educational work. Change, it is argued, will only occur after these perspectives are abandoned, which entails critically reviewing present understandings of the individual, of identity and culture, and of the learning process.

The Promise

Not only did the junior high years bring adolescence and all the struggles that come with it, but they brought a new sense of' isolation. I\“Iy babies had been in the same classroom together all through elementary school.

Author: Oral Lee Brown

Publisher: Doubleday

ISBN: 0307424065

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 272

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A portion of the proceeds from the book will go to the Oral Lee Brown Foundation. To learn more about the Oral Lee Brown Foundation please visit In the bestselling tradition of The Pact and The Freedom Writers Diary—the inspiring story of one woman’s extraordinary promise and steely determination to make a difference in the world. One morning in 1987 Oral Lee Brown walked into a corner store in East Oakland, California, to buy snacks for work. A little girl asked her for a quarter, and Brown assumed that she wanted to buy candy, but surprisingly she bought bread and bologna—staples for her family. Later that day Brown couldn’t get the little girl out of her mind. Why wasn’t she in school? Why was she out begging for money to buy food for her family? After several weeks of not being able to sleep, Brown went to look for the girl at the local elementary school and soon found herself in a first-grade classroom. She didn’t find the little girl, but before she left she found herself promising the kids that if they finished high school, she would pay for their college education. At the time, Oral Lee Brown made only $45,000 a year. But years later, after annually saving and investing $10,000 of her own money and establishing the Oral Lee Brown Foundation, this remarkable woman made good on her promise: after nineteen of the original twenty-three students graduated from high school, she sent them all to college. And in May of 2003, LaTosha Hunter was the first of Brown’s “babies,” as well as the first person in her family, to graduate from college. This marvelous and inspiring book is the amazing story of one woman's unending desire to make a difference. And if once was not enough, in 2001 Brown made the same promise to three new classrooms of first-, fifth-, and ninth-graders. Brown and her foundation are now committed to adopting a new crop of kids to send to college every four years. Brown’s pledge to the students was not without great personal and public sacrifice. Her promise turned her life upside-down—it strained her relationships, and at times required her to work several different jobs. Brown also developed a strong emotional attachment to the children—for many of these students Brown was the one consistent adult in their lives. In a world short on heroes, altruism, and dedication, THE PROMISE shows that it is still possible to change lives for the better. This book will encourage, uplift, and inspire every reader.

The Promise of Youth

It seems probable that these changes are connected with adolescence , and that the control group would have shown similar tendencies if follow - up data had been available . 7. The gifted group shows little change with respect to the ...

Author: Barbara Stoddard Burks

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 9780804700115

Category: Science

Page: 508

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The Promise of a Pencil

As my siblings and I entered adolescence, he developed code words for us, which he would use to warn us that we were about to go over a line we did not want to cross. He'd use these code words in conversation, at the dinner table, ...

Author: Adam Braun

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1476730628

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 254

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The author describes how he left a lucrative business consulting job to found the nonprofit Pencils of Promise, an organization responsible for building schools for the poor in developing countries around the world and which recently completed its two hundredth school.