During the transition from childhood to adulthood, adolescents face a unique set of challenges that accompany increased independence and responsibility. This volume combines cutting-edge research in the field of adolescence and the field of motivation and self-regulation to shed new light on these challenges and the self-regulation tools that could most effectively address them. Leading scholars discuss general principles of the adolescent period across a wide variety of areas, including interpersonal relationships, health and achievement. Their interdisciplinary approach covers perspectives from history, anthropology and primatology, as well as numerous subdisciplines of psychology - developmental, educational, social, clinical, motivational, cognitive and neuropsychological. Self-Regulation in Adolescence stresses practical applications, making it a valuable resource not only for scholars, but also for adolescents and their family members, teachers, social workers and health professionals who seek to support them. It presents useful strategies that adolescents can adopt themselves and raises important questions for future research.
Gabriele Oettingen is a Professor of Psychology at New York University and the University of Hamburg. She is the author of Rethinking Positive Thinking: Inside the New Science of Motivation (2014). Peter M. Gollwitzer is a Professor of Psychology at New York University and the University of Konstanz. He is the coeditor, with Gottfried Seebass and Michael Schmitz, of Acting Intentionally and its Limits: Individuals, Groups, Institutions (2013).
Part I. Concepts and Processes of Self-Regulation: 1. Self-regulation: principles and tools Gabriele Oettingen and Peter M. Gollwitzer; 2. Expectancies, values, identities, and self-regulation Jacquelynne S. Eccles, Jennifer A. Fredricks and Peter Baay; 3. Self-regulation: conceptual issues, and relations to developmental outcomes in childhood and adolescence Nancy Eisenberg; 4. Effortful control in adolescence: individual differences within a unique developmental window Koraly Perez-Edgar; Part II. Historical and Biological Influences: 5. Historical perspectives on self-regulation in adolescence Joseph F. Kett; 6. Adolescence: biology, epidemiology, and process considerations Sir Michael Rutter; 7. Emotion regulation and primate sociality Frans B. M. de Waal; Part III. Neural Mechanisms: 8. The neural underpinnings of adolescent risk-taking: the roles of reward-seeking, impulse control, and peers Laurence Steinberg; 9. Development of the social brain in adolescence Sarah-Jayne Blakemore; 10. The role of reflection in promoting adolescent self-regulation Philip David Zelazo and Sabine Doebel; Part IV. Peer and Parent Relationships: 11. Goals and goal pursuit in the context of adolescent-parent relationships Judith G. Smetana; 12. Self-regulation and adolescent substance use Laurie Chassin; 13. The cultural context of adolescent self-regulation Alice Schlegel; Part V. Interventions: 14. Rumination and self-regulation in adolescence Susan Nolen-Hoeksema, Kirsten Gilbert and Lori M. Hilt; 15. Promoting youth self-regulation through psychotherapy: redesigning treatments to fit complex youth in clinical care John R. Weisz; 16. Parent-based interventions to reduce adolescent problem behaviors: new directions for self-regulation approaches James Jaccard and Nicole Levitz.