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The Case Against Adolescence

Reversing the Artifical Extension of Childhood, Rediscovering the Adult in Every Teen

By (author) Robert Epstein
Format: Hardback
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc, New York, United States
Imprint: Jossey-Bass Inc.,U.S.
Published: 9th May 2007
ISBN-10: 0787987379
ISBN-13: 9780787987374
Barcode No: 9780787987374
Synopsis
This work presents a revolutionary proposal to raise responsible and happy teenagers. This groundbreaking book argues that adolescence is an unnecessary period of life that we're better off without. Epstein shows that teen turmoil is caused by outmoded systems put in place a century ago which destroyed the continuum between childhood and adulthood. Where this continuum still exists in other countries, there is no adolescence. Isolated from adults, American teens learn everything they know from their media-dominated peers "the last people on earth they should be learning from," says Epstein. He shows that our teens are highly capable in some ways than adults and argues strongly against "infantilizing" young people. We must rediscover "the adult in every teen," he says, by giving young people adult authority and responsibility as soon as they can demonstrate readiness. This landmark book will change our thinking about teens for decades to come. Robert Epstein, PhD (San Diego, CA) is the West Coast Editor and former editor in chief of "Psychology Today" and a Visiting Scholar at the University of California San Diego.

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