ERIC Number: ED192864
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Understanding Families with Young Adolescents.
Steinberg, Laurence D.
Changes in family relations that result from concurrent life-cycle changes of middle-aged parents and their adolescent offspring are discussed in this pamphlet. A perspective on the young adolescent's family is offered that conceptualizes the family as both systemic and developmental. Key changes in adolescence and mid-life are outlined and these are discussed in terms of disequilibriums that may occur if the family system fails to alter in line with these changes. Problems occur in this period of disequilibrium if a family is unable or reluctant to modify patterns of interaction. For example, some parents insist on adhering to the child-rearing practices that served them well when their children were younger. Problems may also occur if a family becomes trapped in a phase of disequilibrium and is unable to move on. A short bibliographic essay on other writings on adolescence and mid-life is included in the pamphlet. (Author/SS)
Descriptors: Adolescent Development, Adolescents, Family Problems, Family Relationship, Middle Aged Adults, Psychological Patterns
Center for Early Adolescence, Suite 223, Carr Mill Mall, Carrboro, NC 27510 ($2.50; bulk rates available for orders of 10 or more copies)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: North Carolina Univ., Chapel Hill.
Identifiers: Life Cycles