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xvii, 217 pages ; 22 cm
  • Young lives adrift
  • Why purpose is crucial for thriving throughout life
  • Who is thriving and who is not yet on course?
  • Profiles in purpose
  • Beyond a culture of short horizons
  • Parenting for purpose
  • A culture of purpose for all young people
  • Appendix: Questionnaire from the Youth Purpose Study.
Drawing on the revelatory results of a landmark study, William Damon -- one of the country's leading writers on the lives of young people, whose book Greater Expectations won the Parents' Choice Award -- brilliantly investigates the most pressing issue in the lives of youth today: why so many young people are "failing to launch" -- living at home longer, lacking career motivation, struggling to make a timely transition into adulthood, and not yet finding a life pursuit that inspires them. His groundbreaking study shows that about one-fifth of youth today are thriving -- highly engaged in activities they love and developing a clear sense of what they want to do with their lives -- but approximately one-fourth are still rudderless, at serious risk of never fulfilling their potential. The largest portion are teetering on the brink, in need of guidance to help them move forward: some are "dabblers" who pursue strings of disconnected interests with no real commitment; others, "dreamers" who have no realistic plans or understanding of what success will require. What makes the difference? Damon shows that the key ingredient for the highly engaged is that they have developed a clear sense of purpose in their lives that motivates them and gives them direction. Based on in-depth interviews, he takes readers inside the minds of the disengaged and drifting kids and exposes their confusion and anxiety about what they should do with their lives. He then offers compelling portraits of the young people who are thriving and identifies the nine key factors that have made the difference for them, presenting simple but powerful methods that parents and all adults can and must employ in order to cultivate that energized sense of purpose in young people that will launch them on the path to a deeply satisfying and productive life.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781416537243 20160619
Education Library (Cubberley)
xv, 800 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.
  • Part I: Introduction. 1. The Scientific Study of Child and Adolescent Development: Forefront Issues in the Field Today (William Damon and Richard M. Lerner). Part II: Biological Foundations. 2. Neural Bases of Cognitive Development (Charles A. Nelson III, Kathleen M. Thomas, and Michelle de Haan). 3. Temperament (Mary K. Rothbart and John E. Bates). Part III: Parental and Peer Relations. 4. Socialization in the Family (Ross D. Parke and Raymond Buriel). Part IV: Personality, Self, and Self-Concept. 5. Peer Interactions, Relationships, and Groups (Kenneth H. Rubin, William M. Bukowski, Jeffrey G. Parker and Julie C. Bowker). 6. Personality Development (Rebecca L. Shiner and Avshalom Caspi). 7. The Self (Susan Harter). Part V: Language and Thought. 8. Acquiring Linguistic Constructions (Michael Tomasello). 9. Conceptual Development (Susan A. Gelman and Charles W. Kalish). 10. Development in the Arts: Drawing and Music (Ellen Winner). Part VI: Emotion and Motivation. 11. Emotional Development: Action, Communication, and Understanding (Carolyn Saarni, Joseph J. Campos, Linda A. Camras, and David Witherington). 12. Development of Achievement Motivation (Allan Wigfield, Jacquelynne S. Eccles, Robert Roeser, and Ulrich Schiefele). Part VII: Prosocial Behavior, Antisocial Behavior, and Moral Development. 13. Aggression and Antisocial Behavior in Youth (Kenneth A. Dodge, John D. Coie, and Donald Lynam). 14. The Development of Morality (Elliot Turiel). Part VIII: Adolescence. 15. The Second Decade: What Develops and How (Deanna Kuhn and Sam Franklin). 16. Adolescent Development in Interpersonal Context (W. Andrew Collins and Laurence Steinberg). Part IX: Diversity in Development. 17. Cultural and Cognitive Development (Michael Cole). 18. Gender Development (Sheri A. Berenbaum, Carol Lynn Martin, and Diane N. Ruble). 19. Phenomenology and Ecological Systems Theory: Development of Diverse Groups (Margaret Beale Spencer).
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780470176573 20160528
This advanced text for psychology, human development, and education provides students with state-of-the-art overviews of the discipline in an accessible, affordable format. Unique both in the depth of its coverage and in the timeliness of the research that it presents, this comprehensive text conveys the field of child and adolescent development through the voices of scientists who themselves are now shaping the field.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780470176573 20160528
Education Library (Cubberley)