Adolescence Abolished

Adolescence Abolished

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Newspapers carry stories of dangerous and irresponsible teenagers.At home, they are messy, silent, and annoying. We tend to blame this irritating behavior on adolescence. But psychologist Robert Epstein argues that the problem is not the teenagers themselves but the way they are treated. Given adult responsibilities, as they have been throughout human history, teenagers might rise to the challenge-and the miseries of adolescence might disappear. Epstein's research forms the core of Adolescence Abolished, offering fresh insight into what adulthood means. Perhaps, he argues, some of our most venerable institutions help create teenagers' problems. His suggested changes in our laws, schools, and attitudes-which would essentially "abolish adolescence"-may be key to eliminating these problems. Former Psychology Today editor-in-chief and a respected researcher, Epstein developed a series of measures to assess "adultness." Surprisingly, teens scored as high as adults in virtually every measure. Indeed, they are far more capable than we think, and the teens who function most poorly are those we infantilize.
Newspapers carry stories of dangerous and irresponsible teenagers.At home, they are messy, silent, and annoying. We tend to blame this irritating behavior on adolescence. But psychologist Robert Epstein argues that the problem is not the teenagers themselves but the way they are treated. Given adult responsibilities, as they have been throughout human history, teenagers might rise to the challenge-and the miseries of adolescence might disappear. Epstein's research forms the core of Adolescence Abolished, offering fresh insight into what adulthood means. Perhaps, he argues, some of our most venerable institutions help create teenagers' problems. His suggested changes in our laws, schools, and attitudes-which would essentially "abolish adolescence"-may be key to eliminating these problems. Former Psychology Today editor-in-chief and a respected researcher, Epstein developed a series of measures to assess "adultness." Surprisingly, teens scored as high as adults in virtually every measure. Indeed, they are far more capable than we think, and the teens who function most poorly are those we infantilize.
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  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 200.7 x 388.7 x 112.7mm | 1,739.99g
  • Harcourt
  • English
  • 0151008302
  • 9780151008308