Adolescent development

Laurence Steinberg, Amanda Sheffield Morris

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This chapter identifies the most robust conclusions and ideas about adolescent development and psychological functioning that have emerged since Petersen's 1988 review. We begin with a discussion of topics that have dominated recent research, including adolescent problem behavior, parent-adolescent relations, puberty, the development of the self, and peer relations. We then identify and examine what seem to us to be the most important new directions that have come to the fore in the last decade, including research on diverse populations, contextual influences on development, behavioral genetics, and siblings. We conclude with a series of recommendations for future research on adolescence.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)83-110
Number of pages28
JournalAnnual Review of Psychology
StatePublished - 2001


  • Adolescence
  • Context
  • Parenting
  • Problem behavior
  • Puberty


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