ERIC Number: ED286587
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Reference Count: N/A
Preparing for Life: The Critical Transition of Adolescence.
Hamburg, David A.
This essay explores problems and burdens of adolescents in modern society and probes strategies and actions that offer reasonable chances of diminishing developmental casualties during the adolescent period. Discussion first focuses on several historically recent changes that have affected adolescents, including the lengthening period of adolescence; the disjunction between biological and social development; youths' confusion about adult roles and the years ahead; the erosion of family and social support networks; and the easy access by adolescents to potentially life-threatening substances and activities. The discussion particularizes the nature of the problems and burdens of adolescence with statistics on school dropouts; pregnancy; smoking; drug and alcohol abuse; suicide; and death and disability from illnesses and injuries. Some approaches to intervention are then discussed. These include peer-mediated approaches, and preparation to resist social influences through life-skills training. Some general observations follow; these focus on long-term outcomes of early experience, and adolescents' need for accurate information, especially about the life sciences and health. Concluding remarks describe objectives of the Carnegie Corporation's Council on Adolescent Development. (RH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.
Note: Reprinted from the 1986 Annual Report.