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Michael Cunningham & Margaret Beale Spencer

In: Adolescent Diversity in Ethnic, Economic, and Cultural Contexts

Chapter 9: Conceptual and Methodological Issues in Studying Minority Adolescents

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Conceptual and Methodological Issues in Studying Minority Adolescents
Conceptual and methodological issues in studying minority adolescents
MichaelCunningham
Margaret BealeSpencer

There are currently more than 40 million teenagers in the United States alone, and this population is expected to increase by an additional 4 million by the 21st century (Greydanus, 1991). Each adolescent embarks on a unique life course pathway. However, often the particular developmental pathways challenge research efforts to describe adequately and understand fully the associated behaviors and psychological outcomes generally linked with the period. Research findings and theoretical perspectives presented in this chapter provide a particular synthesis for interpreting adolescent developmental pathways. In addition, in support of more informed programmatic research efforts, one goal of this chapter is to introduce alternative perspectives and practices for current and ...

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