Drawing on research published in America, Australasia and Europe, this student-friendly introduction to the psychological study of adolescence has an international and multicultural flavour. A student-friendly introduction to the psychological study of adolescence with an international and multicultural flavour. Draws on research studies published in America, Australasia and Europe. Describes the major theoretical perspectives on adolescent development, particularly Piaget s account of the development of reasoning in adolescence, development as a lifespan process, information processing models, social cognition, and psychoanalytic approaches. Includes a chapter on adolescents and their media, covering computer games, music, magazines, the internet, and the telephone. Covers the problems of adolescence in depth, including drugs, delinquency, eating disorders, depression, and suicide. Features learning objectives, summaries, discussion points, suggestions for further reading and a glossary.