Adolescent mental health

S I Powers, S T Hauser, L A Kilner
American Psychologist 1989, 44 (2): 200-8
Definitions and descriptions of adolescent mental health are beginning to be grounded in psychologists' empirical studies of a wide variety of patterns of adaptation to adolescence. Three major themes guiding current research relevant to mental health in adolescence are discussed in this article: (a) a focus on analysis of interindividual differences to describe variety in adaptation; (b) the integration of biological, psychological, social, and cultural variables in models of adolescence; and (c) an emphasis on the developmental aspects of adolescent mental health. Empirical investigations of adolescent mental health and development within the social context of the family are reviewed.

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