The History of the Study of Adolescence

R. M. Lerner, M. J. Boyd, M. K. Kiely, Christopher Michael Napolitano, K. L. Schmid, L. Steinberg

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This article provides an overview of the three phases in the history of the study of adolescence, periods spanning from the roots of this field in philosophy and psychological science to present-day emphases on the multiple scholarly disciplines involved in describing, explaining, and optimizing adolescent development. Particular focus is placed on relational, developmental systems models of adolescent development and their use in policy and program applications aimed at promoting healthy, positive youth development. The article examines also the future of the developmental science of adolescence, and projects that scientists and practitioners will collaborate to promote and advocate for the healthy development of diverse young people.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Adolescence
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9780123739513
StatePublished - Dec 1 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Bronfenbrenner
  • Charles Erikson
  • Erik H. Hall
  • G. Stanley
  • Overton
  • Urie Darwin
  • Willis F

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dentistry(all)
  • Medicine(all)

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