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Adolescence 13th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0073370675
ISBN-10: 0073370673
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About the Author

John W. Santrock received his Ph.D. from the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota. He taught at the University of Charleston and the University of Georgia before joining the faculty at the University of Texas at Dallas. He has worked as a school psychologist and currently teaches educational psychology every year at the undergraduate level. In 2006, John received the University of Texas at Dallas Excellence in teaching award. His research has included publications in the Journal of Educational Psychology that focus on the contextual aspects of affectively-toned cognition and children's self-regulatory behavior as well as teachers' perceptions of children from divorced families. He has been a member of the editorial boards of Developmental Psychology and Child Development. His publications include these exceptional McGraw-Hill texts: Child Development, 13th Ed; Life-Span Development, 14th Edition; Adolescence, 14th Edition; Psychology, 7th Edition; and Educational Psychology, 4th Edition.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages; 13 edition (October 7, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0073370673
  • ISBN-13: 978-0073370675
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.8 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #299,222 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Vincent D. Pisano on May 14, 2008
Format: Paperback
John Santrock's Adolescence provides readers with an easy-to-read, up-to-date textbook that adequately covers adolescent development within schools and at home. Current research and recent statistics accompany the subjects at hand, and fully encompass the physical, psychological, and socioemotional developments of students. Chapters include: Careers in Adolescent Development; Puberty, Health, and Biological Foundations; The Brain and Cognitive Development; The Self, Identity, Emotions, and Personality; Gender; Sexuality; Moral Development, Values, and Religion; Families; Peer and Romantic Relationships; Schools; Achievement, Work, and Careers; Culture; Problems in Adolescent and Emerging Adulthood. Certain sections have been expanded upon for the twelfth edition. The various subjects are not, of course, covered in depth, as this is meant to be a sweeping introduction to the field of adolescent psychology. However, it will arm readers with a better understanding and proper direction for further, more critical research.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lola on January 15, 2011
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This book covers a lot of information (although it often just skims over info and makes some very obvious, non-thorough analytical points)...but yeah there are many places where the reader is thrown off by awkwardly-worded sentences, and there are also a few typos. Being a college student, I've puchased tons of textbooks in the past two years, and I have found that books written by just one person tend to be the most sloppy all around- perhaps because when you are the sole individual working on a project (be it a book or anything else), you kind of have tunnel vision and are less open to criticism.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Grant D Thompson on December 18, 2011
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One of the worst textbooks I have ever had to digest. A common theme throughout the book is references to research that support common sense. "A recent study done by So-and-so et. al (2008) revealed that adolescents of parents who do not beat them mercilessly during their divorce proceedings perform better in high school as compared to a control group." Really? Do we really need to fill textbooks with this crap? The bad part is that I'm only marginally exaggerating. This describes most of the research cited. There are few sections that are little more than broad descriptions of circumstances/conditions that affect adolescents. It's mostly material that you already know because either a) you've taken intro psych or b) you're not an idiot. It's obvious that this book is pushed by people that don't want to offend anyone. As is the case with psychology in general, this book makes every attempt to avoid making even the slightest suggestion of self-responsibility. "My problems aren't EVER the result of bad decisions I've made. No, no, no... It's got to be something else--something that I couldn't avoid." Of course there are circumstance beyond one's control, but there is not a single hint of emphasis on accountability in this book. Apologies for the rant-I've been holding that in all semester. And my condolences if you are forced to endure this drivel.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By James Yanni on November 29, 2009
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I have rather mixed feelings about this book; the good news is, it covers a lot of ground, works very hard at being impartial and evenhanded when describing various schools of thought regarding various aspects of adolescent psychology, and very specifically addresses the issue, when first describing statistical analysis, that correlation does not equal causation.

The bad news is, it's rather sloppily written, with numerous typos and sentences that either don't parse particularly well, or just don't make any sense ("In this study, for both boys and girls, lack of parental support and dietary restraint preceded future increases in body satisfaction" pg. 63, being an example of the latter, as was "After four months, the participants in the physical education class had improved their cardiovascular fitness and lifestyle activity (such as walking instead of taking the stairs and walking instead of driving short distances) pg 74, or "...40 percent of children who become obese have one obese parent, and 70 percent of children who become obese have two obese parents." pg 500; for an example of a simple typo that slipped through the editing process, the sentence "Having delinquent peers increases the risk of becoming delinquent for example, two recent studies found that the link between associating with delinquent; peers and engaging in delinquency held for both boys and girls..." pg 492, and another is on page 119, where we are told that "Three of the Wexler subscales are shown in figure 3.15", when in fact there are only two subscales shown in that figure, or again on page 128, when we are treated to the sentence "Capacity and speed of processing speed, often referred to as cognitive resources...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Vool01 on March 18, 2013
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This was a mandatory text for an Adolescent Psychology class. Overall, the book is well-written and organized well.

Like: Detailed with very recent research.
Dislikes: There is a lot of emphasis on individual studies. The reader is left to figure out the big takeaways in psychology.

I would still recommend this book, however, depending on the level of study (high school, undergraduate, graduate), it may not fit every learners' needs.
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