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The Variety of Adolescent Experiences
The variety of adolescent experiences

The authors of the chapters in this volume summarize and integrate theory and research on adolescents from a diversity of ethnic, economic, and geographic contexts. Adolescents who are African American, Mexican American, Asian American, Native American, rural, and poor have been underrepresented in research on normal adolescent behavior and overrepresented in studies of problem behavior (Graham, 1992). In the popular media, negative stereotypes abound about Black teenagers who are drug addicts, Hispanic gang members, Asian math whizzes, Indian alcoholics, the desperate and alienated poor, and rural hicks. Lacking in these descriptions of dysfunction has been a fuller description of the typical adolescent experiences of these racial, cultural, and economic minority adolescents, experiences that often include resilience ...

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