• 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.

Frank: Confronting Change and Taking a Stand in Middle School
Frank: Confronting change and taking a stand in middle school
Primary and Secondary Issues
Primary Issues:Secondary Issues:
  • Depression
  • Identity development
  • Peer groups/peer pressure/cliques/social isolation
  • Moral development
  • Empathy, prosocial behaviors
  • Ecological theory
  • Motivation strategies

Thirteen-year-old Frank lives in rural upstate New York with Mom, Dad, and his 15-year-old sister, Karen. The family lives in a large farmhouse that sits on a hill off a county highway. The house is surrounded by woods, and there are no other houses in sight. Next to the house there is a large barn that currently houses the family's geese, chickens, and guinea hens. Nearby is an orchard of apple and peach trees.

Frank has another sister, Jess, who is Mom's daughter from a previous marriage. Jess lives in Vermont with ...

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