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Margaret Mead on Adolescence - Dictionary of Arguments

Upton I 126
Adolescence/Mead, Margaret/Upton: adolescence has been depicted as a tumultuous period, full of chaos and confusion caused by the ‘raging hormones’ brought about by puberty (Hall, 1904)(1). Cf. >Adolescence/Anna Freud.
VsHall: this image of the troubled or delinquent teenager was challenged as early as 1928(2) 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)(3); however, it seems that very few developmental psychologists still support this view. >Adolescence/Psychological theories.


1. Hall, GS (1904) Adolescence: Its psychology and its relations to physiology, anthropology, sociology, sex, crime, religion and education. New York: Appleton.
2. Mead, M (1928). Coming of Age in Samoa. A Psychological Study of Primitive Youth for Western Civilization.
3. Arnett. JJ (1999) Adolescent storm and stress reconsidered. American Psychologist, 54: 317-26.


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Mead I
George Herbert Mead
Mind, Self, and Society from the Standpoint of a Social Behaviorist (Works of George Herbert Mead, Vol. 1), Chicago 1967
German Edition:
Geist, Identität und Gesellschaft aus der Sicht des Sozialbehaviorismus Frankfurt 1973

Upton I
Penney Upton
Developmental Psychology 2011


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