Adolescent Psychology in Today's World: Global Perspectives on Risk, Relationships, and Development

3 vols. Praeger: ABC-CLIO. 2018. 1062p. ed. by Michael J. Nakkula & . illus. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781440830396. $243; ebk. ISBN 9781440830402. PSYCH
Nakkula (applied psychology, Univ. of Pennsylvania Graduate Sch. of Education; Understanding Youth: Adolescent Development for Educators) and Schneider-Muñoz (formerly, president, Assn. of Child and Youth Care Practice) team up for a global examination of the psychology of young people. Organized by region, this three-volume set covers the Americas; Europe, Russia, and Australia; and Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. Though well written and insightful, the essays are loaded with jargon and acronyms, aimed at readers with a strong social sciences background. The 70-plus contributors, academics and leaders of youth organizations, discuss "possibility development," the effects of community and traditional culture on adolescent development, and more. Each piece includes a lengthy, current bibliography; some essays feature graphs, charts, or an occasional black-and-white photo. Each volume ends with a detailed index specific to that title, and there is no cumulative or cross-volume indexing.
VERDICT This valuable contribution to the literature will be most useful to psychology, anthropology, and sociology graduate students; professionals working with at-risk youth; and those who involved in think tanks concerning adolescents.

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