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Adolescence, Risk and Resilience: Against the Odds

John Coleman (Editor), Ann Hagell (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-470-02502-4
210 pages
December 2007, ©2006
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Adolescence is often portrayed as an age of particular risk. Adolescents are not only considered a risk to themselves, but also to the rest of society. As a society, we are nervous of them, and consider them vulnerable, yet the seeds of successful and independent adult life are laid down in adolescence, and they need all the help and support that they can get at a challenging time. Adolescents at Risk: Against the Odds looks in depth at some of the key risks faced by adolescents, and at some of the ways in which they can be alleviated. The book is structured according to the operational challenges the research informs.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The Nature of Risk and Resilience in Adolescence 1
John Coleman and Ann Hagell

Chapter 2 The Role of the Family 17
Catherine O’Brien and Jacqueline Scott

Chapter 3 Growing Up in Substitute Care: Risk and Resilience Factors for Looked-after Young People and Care Leavers 41
Sue Mills and Nick Frost

Chapter 4 Sex and Risk 63
Jennifer J. Pearce

Chapter 5 Mental Health and Mental Disorders 89
Panos Vostanis

Chapter 6 Young Disabled People 107
Kirsten Stalker

Chapter 7 Anti-social Behaviour 125
Ann Hagell

Chapter 8 Social Exclusion, Risk and Young Adulthood 143
Robert MacDonald

Chapter 9 Adolescence, Risk and Resilience: A Conclusion 165
John Coleman and Ann Hagell

References 175

Index 191

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Author Information

Dr John Coleman O.B.E is Founder of the Trust for the Study of Adolescence. He has written widely in this field, and is the former editor of the Journal of Adolescence. He is a Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Educational Studies, University of Oxford.

Dr Ann Hagell is Programme Director of Adolescent Mental Health at the Nuffield Foundation. A chartered psychologist, she has undertaken social policy research in both the UK and USA. Presently editor-in-chief of the Journal of Adolescence, she has authored or co-authored over 50 articles, chapters and reports on adolescence.

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  • Up-to-date, comprehensive and written for student/professionals
  • “Risk” is a big topic in adolescence studies
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