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Changing AdolescenceSocial Trends and Mental Health$
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Ann Hagell

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781447301042

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447301042.001.0001

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Reflections and implications

Reflections and implications

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(p.165) Nine Reflections and implications
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Changing Adolescence
Author(s):

Ann Hagell

Sharon Witherspoon

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447301042.003.0009

There is suggestive evidence that several domains of social change may 'matter' in regard to increases in emotional and behavioural symptoms of adolescents between the mid 1970s and the mid 2000s. However, our review of the evidence base revealed far fewer 'change' data than we might have expected from the level of discussion around these topics, and some of the change goes in a different direction to what might be expected. In this chapter we discuss some of the wider implications of the work, both for our understanding and also for development of a subsequent research agenda in this area. The study of social history and the way in which social institutions shape adolescent experiences both need to be more fundamental to social science in this area, if we are to understand how changing times lead to changing adolescence.

Keywords:   Adolescent, Mental health, Social change, Post-16 education, Time use, Families, Alcohol

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