By Jennifer Lansford
Behavioral and Psychological Adjustment
Aggression and antisocial behavior
Anxiety and depression
- Podcasts: Society for Research on Adolescence website with links to podcasts on a variety of topics, from autonomy-relatedness in adolescence, to the health ramifications of growing up in the United States.
- Study: The National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health (Add Health) is a longitudinal study of a nationally representative sample of adolescents in grades 7-12 in the United States during the 1994-95 school year. Add Health combines data on respondents’ social, economic, psychological and physical well-being with contextual data on the family, neighborhood, community, school, friendships, peer groups, and romantic relationships.
- Video: This is a series of TED talks on topics from the mysterious workings of the adolescent brain, to videos about surviving anxiety in adolescence.
- Web: UNICEF website on adolescents around the world. UNICEF provides videos and other resources as part of an initiative to challenge common preconceptions about adolescence.
- Adolescent peer groups characterized by shared reputations or images.
- Deviant peer contagion
- The spread of problem behaviors within groups of adolescents.
- Differential susceptibility
- Genetic factors that make individuals more or less responsive to environmental experiences.
- Individuals commit to an identity without exploration of options.
- Adolescents tend to associate with peers who are similar to themselves.
- Identity achievement
- Individuals have explored different options and then made commitments.
- Identity diffusion
- Adolescents neither explore nor commit to any roles or ideologies.
- State in which adolescents are actively exploring options but have not yet made identity commitments.
- Psychological control
- Parents’ manipulation of and intrusion into adolescents’ emotional and cognitive world through invalidating adolescents’ feelings and pressuring them to think in particular ways.