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Upton I 126
Adolescence/Anna Freud/Upton: (…) even when adolescents are physically mature enough to perform adult functions such as work and childbearing, they lack not only the psychological maturity, but also the social status and financial resources to perform those functions responsibly. This is because of the extended dependency brought about by social conventions such as the school-leaving age. Indeed, Anna Freud regarded any adolescent who did not experience emotional upheaval as ‘abnormal’ (Freud,
1958)(1).
VsFreud, Anna: However, this image of the troubled or delinquent teenager was challenged as early as 1928(3) by Margaret Mead, who presented an account of the coming of age for Samoan adolescents that showed a very gradual and smooth transition from childhood to adulthood. The debate about storm and stress in adolescents is frequently mentioned in the literature (e.g., Arnett, 1999)(2); however, it seems that very few developmental psychologists still support this view. >Adolescence/Psychological theories.


1. Freud, A (1958) Adolescence, in The Writings of Anna Freud, Vol. 5: Research at the Hampstead
Child-Therapy Clinic and other papers 1956—1965, New York: Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
2. Arnett. JJ (1999) Adolescent storm and stress reconsidered. American Psychologist, 54: 317-26.
3. Mead, M (1928). Coming of Age in Samoa. A Psychological Study of Primitive Youth for Western Civilization.


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Freud I
S. Freud
Vorlesungen zur Einführung in die Psychoanalyse Hamburg 2011

Upton I
Penney Upton
Developmental Psychology 2011


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