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Families and Adolescents: A Review of the 1980s

Viktor Gecas and Monica A. Seff
Journal of Marriage and Family
Vol. 52, No. 4, Family Research in the 1980s: The Decade in Review (Nov., 1990), pp. 941-958
DOI: 10.2307/353312
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/353312
Page Count: 18
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Abstract

Research on adolescents and families in the 1980s shows considerable continuity with the themes and topics found in past decades. This review is largely organized around some of these perennial topics: the relative influence of parents and peers; the degree of "storm and stress" during adolescence; the "generation gap" and intergenerational continuity; the effects of parental behavior; self and identity issues; and life course considerations. The most noticeable change has been a shift in focus from individual development to the social contexts within which individuals develop, such as family, school, work, and historical period. Some of the deficiencies and neglected aspects of the adolescence research of previous decades are also evident (if somewhat less so) in the 1980s. Still relatively rare are studies of reciprocal influences, longitudinal studies, information from parents and children, and analyses of same-sex and cross-sex parent-adolescent relations, although arguments for the importance of these kinds of research are increasingly evident in the literature of the past decade.

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