• Summary
  • Contents
  • 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.

Hector: Talking Through Troubles
Hector: Talking through troubles
Primary and Secondary Issues
Primary Issues:Secondary Issues:
  • Resiliency
  • Teacher-student relationships
  • Social isolation/social development
  • Effects of domestic and community violence on development
  • Cultural values
  • Loss of loved ones/friends to violence
  • Depression

Hector walks across the stage of his high school auditorium carrying his French horn and smiling broadly. He is smartly dressed, all in black, with a gold chain mirroring the glow of his horn. He puts his heart into his music and is proud to be a member of his school band because school has always been one of his major refuges from the deep hurts he has experienced in life.

His difficulties are not apparent on the surface. Ms. Turner, his twelfth-grade English teacher, describes him as

a party boy, and a friend to everyone…. Everybody loves ...

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