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  • Subject index

The uniqueness of Child and Adolescent Life Stories lies in the multiple perspectives drawn from youth, their parents, and their teachers. These perspectives provide a range of lenses through which a student or beginning teacher may view child and adolescent development. The complex processes of development occur within a social context, and therefore a professional teacher, administrator, or school psychologist will need to be able to view developmental stages from youths’ perspectives as well as from their various social settings.

Elena: Surviving Family Problems
Elena: Surviving family problems
Primary and Secondary Issues
Primary Issues:Secondary Issues:
  • Adolescent identity development—especially with respect to peers, career choice, family relationships, dating, ethnicity, and conflicts with authorities
  • Friendship, peer relationships, and ethnic conflicts
  • The effects of alcoholism on the family
  • Physical self-concept and body image
  • Domestic violence
  • Motivation and school achievement
  • Teacher and student relationships
  • Problems faced by gay, lesbian, and bisexual students and how schools address these problems

Elena arrives for class early and immediately consults with Mr. Quinn, her journalism teacher. She asks him several questions but then seems sure of her plans. As the 16-year-old editor of an award-winning student newspaper for a 3,000 student urban high school, she has confidence in her writing and her ideas. She writes all of the paper's editorials, and Mr. Quinn ...

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