Introduction: Adolescence in a global context


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© Oxford University Press 2018. All rights reserved. Adolescence is a unique window of development and a profound period of social, psychological, economic, and biological transition. Children do not take a direct path to adulthood; more is known today about the challenges faced and opportunities available during the adolescent period and how these shape life trajectories. The Sustainable Development Agenda has laid out an ambitious set of goals that when implemented will have an impact on their life chances, choices, and transitions to adulthood. The chapter describes a number of definitional and conceptual issues in adolescent development research. It raises a challenge to policymaking, which will need to engage with the interdependent and complex nature of adolescent development embedded in context and evolving over the life course. An integrated framework for policy-coherent responses for adolescents is proposed, reinforcing protection and empowerment as two sides of a coin. Implications for a maturing field of adolescent development research are discussed.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Banati, P; Lansford, JE

Published Date

  • March 22, 2018

Book Title

  • Handbook of Adolescent Development Research and Its Impact on Global Policy

Start / End Page

  • 1 - 23

International Standard Book Number 13 (ISBN-13)

  • 9780190847128

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1093/oso/9780190847128.003.0001

Citation Source

  • Scopus