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The Concept of Adolescence in the Genetic Psychology of G. Stanley Hall

Robert E. Grinder
Child Development
Vol. 40, No. 2 (Jun., 1969), pp. 355-369
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the Society for Research in Child Development
DOI: 10.2307/1127408
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1127408
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The Concept of Adolescence in the Genetic Psychology of G. Stanley Hall
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Abstract

G. Stanley Hall's concept of adolescence, described here in the context of nineteenth-century genetic psychology, was the first and thus far has been the last thorough integration of the literature from the philosophical and natural sciences into developmental psychology. The Lamarckian evolutionary viewpoint and the theory of recapitulation led Hall to regard the adolescent period as the moment for uplifting mankind to superanthropoid status and to view assumptions about "nature-is-right," catharsis, superiority of physical over cognitive growth, and nascent periods as forming basic developmental principles. Excerpts from Hall's Adolescence on physical, cognitive, and social development are used to illustrate how he fashioned these principles into the first science of human development.

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