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Youth Success and Adaptation in Times of Globalization and Economic Change: Opportunities and Challenges

Edited by 
Xinyin Chen, University of Pennsylvania; 
Verona Christmas-Best, University of Jena;
Peter F. Titzmann, University of Zurich;
Karina Weichold, University of Jena;

Today’s youth is confronted not only with the developmental tasks of adolescence, but also with substantial social and economic changes on the macro level originating from globalization and economic volatility. Presenting research on the implications of social and economic changes for today’s youth, this volume covers important topics:

  • Adolescents’ future perspectives
  • The competencies they need to prosper in specific cultures
  • Changes related to family and school
  • Gender differences in economic roles within changing societies
  • The effects of technological progress on their lives
  • The way in which they cope with biographical transitions in flexible markets
  • Issues of health and resilience.

The articles provide valuable suggestions about what is being done and can be done with regard to individuals or particular groups of youth, especially concerning the application of research findings to interventions.
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Teenage Citizens
The Political Theories of the Young

Constance A. Flanagan 
University of Wisconsin–Madison

Most teenagers are too young to vote and are off the radar of political scientists. Teenage Citizens looks beyond the electoral game to consider the question of how this overlooked segment of our citizenry understands political topics. Bridging psychology and political science, Constance Flanagan argues that civic identities form during adolescence and are rooted in teens’ everyday lives—in their experiences as members of schools and community-based organizations and in their exercise of voice, collective action, and responsibility in those settings. This is the phase of life when political ideas are born.
Through voices from a wide range of social classes and ethnic backgrounds in the United States and five other countries, we learn how teenagers form ideas about democracy, inequality, laws, ethnic identity, the social contract, and the ties that bind members of a polity together. Flanagan’s twenty-five years of research show how teens’ personal and family values accord with their political views. When their families emphasize social responsibility—for people in need and for the common good—and perform service to the community, teens’ ideas about democracy and the social contract highlight principles of tolerance, social inclusion, and equality. When families discount social responsibility relative to other values, teens’ ideas about democracy focus on their rights as individuals.
At a time when opportunities for youth are shrinking, Constance Flanagan helps us understand how young people come to envisage the world of politics and civic engagement, and how their own political identities take form.
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Values, Religion, and Culture in Adolescent Development

Edited by Gisela Trommsdorff (Universität Konstanz, Germany) and Xinyin Chen (University of Pennsylvania, United States).
Series: The Jacobs Foundation Series on Adolescence

Cultural values and religious beliefs play a substantial role in adolescent development. Developmental scientists have shown increasing interest in how culture and religion are involved in the processes through which adolescents adapt to environments. This volume constitutes a timely and unique addition to the literature on human development from a cultural-contextual perspective. Editors Gisela Trommsdorffand Xinyin Chen present systematic and in-depth discussions of theoretical perspectives, landmark studies and strategies for further research in the field. The eminent contributors reflect diverse cultural perspectives, transcending the Western emphasis of many previous works. This volume will be of interest to scholars and professionals interested in basic developmental processes, adolescent social psychology and the sociological and psychological dimensions of religion.

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Doing Statistical Mediation and Moderation

Paul E. Jose (2013)

Written in a friendly, conversational style, this book offers a hands-on approach to statistical mediation and moderation for both beginning researchers and those familiar with modeling. Starting with a gentle review of regression-based analysis, Paul Jose covers basic mediation and moderation techniques before moving on to advanced topics in multilevel modeling, structural equation modeling, and hybrid combinations, such as moderated mediation. User-friendly features include numerous graphs and carefully worked-through examples; "Helpful Suggestions" about procedures and pitfalls; "Knowledge Boxes" delving into special topics, such as dummy coding; and end-of-chapter exercises and problems (with answers). The companion website provides downloadable sample data sets that are used in the book to demonstrate particular analytic strategies, and explains how researchers and students can execute analyses using Jose's online programs, MedGraph and ModGraph. Appendices present SPSS, AMOS, and Mplus syntax for conducting the key types of analyses.

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Youth Violence:
Sources and Solutions in South Africa

Editors: Cathy Ward, Andrew Dawes & Amelia van der Merwe

Youth violence: Sources and solutions in South Africa thoroughly and carefully reviews the evidence for risk and protective factors that influence the likelihood of young people acting aggressively. Layers of understanding are built by viewing the problem from a multitude of perspectives, including the current situation in which South African youth are growing up, perspectives from developmental psychology, the influences of race, class and gender, and of the media. The book then reviews the evidence for effective interventions in the contexts of young people’s lives – their homes, their schools, their leisure activities, their interactions with gangs, in the criminal justice system, in cities and neighbourhoods, and with sexual offenders. In doing so, thoughtful suggestions are made for keeping an evidence-based perspective while (necessarily) adapting interventions for contexts other than that in which they were developed, and particularly for developing world contexts such as South Africa.Youth violence in South Africa: Sources and solutions is a valuable addition to the library of anyone who has ever wondered about youth violence, or wanted to do something about it.
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Violence against children and adolescents:
Theory, Research, and Practice

Luisa F. Habigzang & Silvia H. Koller (2012)
Editora Artmed

Violence against children and adolescents is a problem for society, the law, education, and public health. This work unites studies developed in Brazil on violence against children and adolescents. Important researchers from several national universities contributed to this volume, which presents theoretical aspects, research results, and proposals for preventative and therapeutic intervention. This volume examines violence at home and other contexts, such as schools, care institutions, entering job markets, and living on the streets. Sexual, physical, and emotional violence as well as negligence and bullying are understood as complex phenomena requiring interdisciplinary interventions. The book provides a tool of theory and practice for professionals in the various areas dealing with and taking care of violence against children and adolescents.  


Bridging Multiple Worlds
Cultures, Identities, and Pathways to College

Catherine R. Cooper

In every cultural group and in regions worldwide, education is strongly linked to children and adolescents' life opportunities and choices. Many societies embrace the ideals that their children will have equal access to education, and can advance through their merit. However, in many nations, as children move through primary and secondary school towards higher education, the number of immigrant, minority, and low-income youth who finish secondary school and attend college shrinks, signifying a global dilemma.

Drawing on theories and research from across the social sciences,Bridging Multiple Worlds invites readers to compare core viewpoints and ask their own questions about the roots of and remedies for this academic pipeline problem. Considering research, practice, and policies on opening pathways and pipelines, this book provides new quantitative and qualitative evidence to introduce a theory on how youth draw on their cultural worlds to navigate their pathways to college. Chapters address cultural and developmental issues involving academic and cultural identities, and how communities define success for youth. Tools for advancing research with culturally diverse students are also provided. The result is a must-have volume for researchers, educators, policymakers, and students, brimming with fresh and creative syntheses of theory, research, and policy.

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Handbook of African Theories and Practices:
A Generative Teacher Education Curriculum

Editors: A Bame Nsamenang & Therese MS Tchombe
This unique and much needed volume edited by long-time ISSBD members Bame Nsamanang and Therese Tchombe, includes 36 chapters in its nearly 600 pages. Grounded in African culture and experience, this volume will be essential reading not only on the continent of Africa but everywhere knowledge of African theories and practices are valued by teachers, students and curious readers more generally. It is shocking that such a volume did not already exist but we hope that its publication will now unleash needed additional research. Thank you Bame and Therese for undertaking the much-needed work to draw attention to existing knowledge and theories from Africa. Current and future generations of learners will be grateful! Learn more about this book at


Scientific Writing for Psychology:
Lessons in Clarity and Style:

Robert V. Kail
provides straightforward, hands-on strategies to help psychology students master scientific writing. At the core of this brief and engaging guide are seven class-tested lessons: three devoted to sentences, one to paragraphs, and three to writing research reports. Packed with helpful examples and an abundance of writing wisdom, this book addresses the skills every successful writer needs.


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