“Overall, this book gives great detail on adolescent parent relationships and how they effect the development of children . . . This is a comforting message, one very different from popular accounts, and one that parents and adolescents would benefit from appreciating” (Journal of Youth & Adolescence, 5 December 2012)
“Few scholars have influenced the contemporary study of adolescent–parent relationships as much as Judith Smetana. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the ways in which family relationships are transformed during this stage of life.”
, Temple University
“In this very thoughtful book Judith Smetana provides deep and insightful understandings of adolescence. Smetana masterfully positions adolescence in explanations of difficulties and developmental progress during these years. This splendid book is indispensable for anyone interested in adolescence, social and family relationships, moral theory, culture, and development.”
—Elliot Turiel, University of California Berkeley
From the Back Cover
Adolescence is an important developmental period that posessignificant challenges for both teens and parents. Althoughadolescents may become significant sources of irritation andfrustration to parents, it is clear now that notions of adolescenceas a time of storm and stress are overstated. In this book, Smetanaproposes that adolescents' conflicts and disagreements with parentsand their attempts to keep secrets and manage personal informationare all reflections of adolescents' developing autonomy.
Using examples from extensive interviews with adolescents andparents, Smetana illustrates how adolescents and parents indifferent contexts actively negotiate autonomy and coordinateconcerns with autonomy and personal choice with their developingunderstanding of society and social conventions, safety and health,and moral concerns with justice, welfare, and rights. Smetana drawson social domain theory to consider adolescent–parentrelationships, parenting beliefs, and parenting practices amongfamilies of different cultures and ethnicities. Drawing on theauthor's 25 years of research, as well as popular sources andscholarly research drawn from anthropology, history, sociology, andpsychology, this book provides an in-depth examination ofadolescent social development in the context of the family.