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Case Against Adolescence: Rediscovering the Adult in Every Teen / Edition 1

Case Against Adolescence: Rediscovering the Adult in Every Teen / Edition 1

by Robert Epstein


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This groundbreaking book argues that adolescence is an unnecessary period of life that people are better off without. Robert Epstein, former editor-in-chief of "Psychology Today," shows that teen turmoil is caused by outmoded systems put into 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. Epstein explains that our teens are highly capable—in some ways more capable 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 the thinking about teens for decades to come.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781884956706
Publisher: Linden Publishing
Publication date: 04/28/2007
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 490
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.73(d)

About the Author

Robert Epstein, Ph. D. is the former Editor in Chief of Psychology Today magazine, a contributing editor for Scientific American Mind, and the host of "Psyched!" on Sirius Satellite Radio. While conducting the research described in this book, he served as University Research Professor at the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University.
He is currently a Visiting Scholar at the University of California San Diego. In addition, Dr. Epstein is the founder and Director Emeritus of the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies in Massachusetts. A Ph.D. of Harvard University, he has published more than 100 articles and 11 books.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations     xii
Foreword   Albert Ellis     xiii
Acknowledgments     xv
A Note to the Reader     xvii
Introduction     xix
The Case Against the Artificial Extension of Childhood
The Chaos and the Cause     3
The Creation of Adolescence     23
Adolescence Abroad     75
Instant Adulthood     95
Storm and Stress     117
The Capabilities of Young People
"Adultness"     147
Young People Are Capable Thinkers     163
Young People Can Love     203
Young People Are Tough     227
Young People Are Creative     251
Young People Can Handle Responsibility     267
What Does the Bible Say?     287
How We Must Change
How Society Must Change     315
Why Some Will Resist     351
How Adult Are You?     377
Adult and Teen Competency Scores on the EDTA     382
A Debate About Teen Crime     383
Plato, Socrates, and Aristotle on Teens     386
Brief Timeline of Teen Restrictions in the United States     388
Notes     391
Readings     461
Index     469
About the Author     492

What People are Saying About This

Deepak Chopra

"Epstein's book presents a serious and bold challenge to widely held views about teenagers: that they are inherently irresponsible, that they must be shielded from adult challenges, that they are not capable of making sound decisions about matters of health. Epstein demonstrates in a rigorous and persuasive way that teens are in fact highly capable some respects even more capable than adults. By shielding and protecting young people from adulthood, we have isolated them from their elders, from their spiritual roots, and from their heritage, leaving many of them angry and confused in the spiritually empty world of teen culture. We need to reexamine our basic assumptions about young people, and Epstein shows us how."--(Deepak Chopra; Author, Life After Death: The Burden of Proof)

Ellen Langer

"Dr. Epstein has written a very provocative essay about adolescence. His arguments deserve serious consideration and open debate."--(Ellen Langer, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Harvard University; author, Mindfulness)

Drew Pinsky

"Perhaps it is time for a paradigm shift in how we understand the tumultuous time we call adolescence. Dr. Epstein's landmark book may be just what we need to help enhance our understanding of and better serve those moving through this complex period of life."--(Drew Pinsky, M.D., CoHost, Loveline; Medical Director, Department of Chemical Dependency
Services, Las Encinas Hospital, Pasadena, California)

Albert Ellis

"The Case Against Adolescence is one of the most revolutionary books I have ever read."--(Albert Ellis, Ph.D., The Albert Ellis Institute (from the Foreword))

John Taylor Gatto

"The Case Against Adolescence constructs a powerful argument against trivializing a significant fraction of the population in the interests of an illusion. Whether you're a parent, a teacher, a policy maker, or a recovering victim of enforced childishness, you need to read this book."--(John Taylor Gatto, former New York City and New York State Teacher of the Year; author, Dumbing Us Down and The Underground History of American Education)

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meggyweg on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
All parents, and lawmakers, and teachers, and above all teens, should read this book. Taking sources from anthropology, history, sociology, medicine, current events and more, it makes a VERY convincing argument that most teens are to all intents adults and would act like adults if given the chance.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Epstein is correct that we must stop treating adolescents like children, but he oversteps developmental science considerably in this book. He argues that adolescents need more responsibility and fewer protections, which is true. Unfortunately, he isn't completely up to date on some of his science, especially in the areas of brain development and substance use, misleading the reader in some seriously important ways. I can recommend many of his final suggestions, but he doesn't understand adolescent psychology very well at all.