Why I study...adolescence

John Coleman
ADOLESCENCE is without doubt the Cinderella subject within developmental psychology. It gets less attention than other topics in the textbooks, in the curriculum and on the research agenda. So why would someone want to spend their life studying this rather unpopular stage of the life cycle? Colleagues might suggest that the choice has something to do with my own experience of the teenage years. Perhaps I am trying to understand my own ‘storm and stress’. Or am I simply someone who never grew up!

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