Adolescence and Puberty

Adolescence and Puberty

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This wide-ranging volume presents an in-depth picture of adolescent sexuality and behavior. As perhaps the most vital period in human development, adolescence is a time of complex, often difficult interactions between diverse influences. Here, nineteen scientists representing ten disciplines explore the biological, psychological, and cultural factors involved in the onset of puberty and its associated emotional changes. Patterns of adolescent sexual behavior are viewed in cross-cultural perspective, psychiatric disorders are considered, and trends in adolescent sexual activity, contraception, and pregnancy are described. Key legal and social dilemmas are also explored. This is the third volume in a groundbreaking series from the Kinsey Institute, which has as its aim the study of topics relating to sex, gender, and reproduction that require an interdisciplinary approach. Previous volumes in the series include Homosexuality/Heterosexuality and Masculinity/ more

Product details

  • Hardback | 316 pages
  • 162.6 x 238.3 x 26.2mm | 716.61g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • numerous line illustrations, tables
  • 0195053362
  • 9780195053364

Review quote

"The writing reflects a diversity of perspectives modified by the feedback from specialists in other areas. . . .Will be of interest to and understood by not only members of a wide range of academic disciplines but by most educated laypersons." --Contemporary Psychology"An important book. . . .There is much worthwhile material here." --Journal of Child Psychol. Psychiat."The editors of this volume clearly succeed in delivering a readable, interdisciplinary treatise with important technical information on the interface between adolescence, puberty, and sexuality. . . . an important contribution. An excellent set of readings could be extracted from it . . . to offer a comprehensive, analytic, and challenging course." -- Gerald R. Adams, PhD. (University of Guelph), Archives of Sexual Behaviorshow more

Table of contents

John Bancroft: Introduction; PART I: INTERACTION OF BIOLOGICAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS IN ADOLESCENCE AND PUBERTY: Judy Cameron: Factors controlling the onset of puberty in primates; Nancy J Hopwood: Biological and social influences on the endocrinology of puberty; June M Reinisch & Stephanie A Sanders: Some additional considerations; Leonard A Rosenblum: A comparative primate perspective on adolescence; J Richard Udry: Hormonal and social determinants of adolescent sexual initiation; George P Chrousos & Editha D Nottleman: Hormones and behavior at puberty; Michael Rutter: Changing patterns of psychiatric disorders over adolescence; Robert T Ruvin: Mood changes during adolescence; PART II: SOCIAL AND CULTURAL ASPECTS OF ADOLESCENT SEXUALITY: Mary Hotvedt: Emerging and submerging adolescent sexuality: culture and sexual orientation; Jan E Trost: Social support/pressure and adolescent sexual behavior; Gail Wyatt: Factors affecting adolescents: have they changed in 40 years?; John Bancroft: The impact of socio-cultural influences in adolescent sexual development: further considerations; Sandra L Hofferth: Trends in adolescent sexual activity, contraception and pregnancy in the United States; Jacqueline Dorroch Forrest: Cultural influences on adolescents' reproductive behavior; Hymann Rodman, with commentary by Harriet Pilpel: Legal and social dilemmas of adolescent sexuality; Malcolm Pott: Adolescence and puberty: an overview of the more