Handbook of Adolescent Psychology by Richard M. Lerner, Laurence Steinberg

By Richard M. Lerner, Laurence Steinberg

The learn of youth within the box of psychology has grown greatly over the past 20 years, necessitating a entire and updated revision of this seminal paintings. This multidisciplinary guide, edited by way of the most desirable students within the box, Richard Lerner and Laurence Steinberg, and with contributions from the major researchers, displays the most recent empirical paintings and progress within the box.

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Relative to other domains, the integration of biological and psychological processes in relation to antisocial behavior has been evident for some time. Increases in antisocial behavior (physical aggression, relational aggression, conduct disorder symptoms, behavior problems, delinquent and violent behavior, and early and risky sexual activity and arrests) have been attributed to changes in hormones, physical maturation, altered reactivity to life stressors, and, most recently, brain changes during puberty.

Girls from families characterized by father absence and discordant male-female relationships are hypothesized to perceive males as nonessential to family relationships with the conse- 34 Puberty and Psychological Development quence of early sexual activity, unstable pair bonding, and father absence. Empirical tests of this hypothesis have received mixed support. Conflict in the family did predict earlier menarche, and girls in father-absent homes tend to reach puberty earlier than do girls reared in father-present homes (Moffitt, Caspi, Belsky, & Silva, 1992; Surbey, 1990; Wierson, Long, & Forehand, 1993).

1998; Brooks-Gunn & Warren, 1989). , 1999). The complexity of the interactions between emotions, timing of puberty, and social role change supports the development of theories that integrate biological and psychological mechanisms as proposed earlier. , 1985; Brooks-Gunn & Warren, 1989; Petersen & Crockett, 1985; Stattin & Magnusson, 1990; Williams & Currie, 2000). In contrast, early-maturing German girls had a more positive body image than did late-maturing girls (Silbereisen, Petersen, Albrecht, & Kracke, 1989).

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