This book summarizes and integrates theory and research on adolescents from a diversity of ethnic, economic, and geographic contexts. The book aims to present a more balanced picture of these understudied and misunderstood adolescents by focusing on positive, healthy development.
Chapter 4: Growing up in Appalachia: Ecological Influences on Adolescent Development
Growing up in Appalachia: Ecological Influences on Adolescent Development
Adolescents from rural Appalachia have their origins in a very complex social, economic, and physical environment characterized by much diversity and many contradictions. The experience of growing up in this region cannot be understood effectively, therefore, unless we come to grasp the ecological circumstances within which these adolescents develop. Historic, geographic, social, and economic forces in Appalachia have forged many commonalities between the youth of this region and those of the larger American society. Seemingly in contrast, however, these same forces may have fostered a somewhat distinctive sociocultural context that, in turn, may have led to developmental consequences that differ to some extent from the larger ...