• 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.

Beth: Finding Her Strengths
Beth: Finding her strengths
Primary and Secondary Issues
Primary Issues:Secondary Issues:
  • Cognitive development
  • Academic difficulties
  • Self-concept/self-esteem
  • Industry vs. inferiority
  • Moral development
  • Teacher/parental expectations
  • The effects of birth order on development, sibling relationships
  • Presence of a stable, caring adult figure
  • Friendship, peer acceptance

“Four girls, one boy, one cat, and Mom and Dad,” is the way Beth describes her family. “I'm closest to my cat and my big sister Sally.” Beth, who is 11, is right in the middle of her evenly spaced older and younger siblings. She has two teenage older sisters, Sally and Ann, who are in high school. Phil is Beth's younger brother and Mary is the baby in the family. This religious family lives in a nicely maintained house in an urban community of about 100,000 people. All the ...

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