Adolescence is often portrayed as an age of particular risk. Adolescents are not only considered a risk to themselves, but also to the rest of society. As a society, we are nervous of them, and consider them vulnerable, yet the seeds of successful and independent adult life are laid down in adolescence, and they need all the help and support that they can get at a challenging time.
Adolescents at Risk: Against the Odds looks in depth at some of the key risks faced by adolescents, and at some of the ways in which they can be alleviated. The book is structured according to the operational challenges the research informs.
Dr John Coleman O.B.E is Founder of the Trust for the Study of Adolescence. He has written widely in this field, and is the former editor of the Journal of Adolescence. He is a Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Educational Studies, University of Oxford. Dr Ann Hagell is Programme Director of Adolescent Mental Health at the Nuffield Foundation. A chartered psychologist, she has undertaken social policy research in both the UK and USA. Presently editor-in-chief of the Journal of Adolescence, she has authored or co-authored over 50 articles, chapters and reports on adolescence.
Chapter 1 The Nature of Risk and Resilience in Adolescence 1John Coleman and Ann Hagell Chapter 2 The Role of the Family 17Catherine O Brien and Jacqueline Scott Chapter 3 Growing Up in Substitute Care: Risk and Resilience Factors for Looked-after Young People and Care Leavers 41Sue Mills and Nick Frost Chapter 4 Sex and Risk 63Jennifer J. Pearce Chapter 5 Mental Health and Mental Disorders 89Panos Vostanis Chapter 6 Young Disabled People 107Kirsten Stalker Chapter 7 Anti-social Behaviour 125Ann Hagell Chapter 8 Social Exclusion, Risk and Young Adulthood 143Robert MacDonald Chapter 9 Adolescence, Risk and Resilience: A Conclusion 165John Coleman and Ann Hagell References 175 Index 191