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Teen SpiritHow Adolescence Transformed the Adult World$
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Paul Howe

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781501749827

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501749827.001.0001

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The Character of Adolescents

The Character of Adolescents

(p.12) 1 The Character of Adolescents
(p.iii) Teen Spirit

Paul Howe

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines the character of adolescents. It is hard to say precisely how much the distinctive character of adolescents reflects a natural stage in the human maturation process and how much is the result of the intensive interaction with other teens that has become the norm in modern times. The safest bet is that it is a bit of both. With that framework in mind, the chapter first considers the distinctive qualities of teenagers that can reasonably be connected to the natural trajectory of human development, viewing this from a number of complementary vantage points. It then turns to the social setting of adolescence, where, as research psychologist Robert Epstein rightly points out, these teenage qualities have been given the opportunity to flourish and take root as never before.

Keywords:   adolescents, human maturation process, teens, teenagers, human development, social setting, adolescence, teenage qualities

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