Psychosocial Development in Adolescence: Insights from the Dynamic Systems Approach

1st Edition

Saskia Kunnen, Naomi de Ruiter, Mandy van der Gaag

May 17, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 272 Pages
ISBN 9781138055568 - CAT# Y331188
Series: Studies in Adolescent Development

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Over recent years, it has become clear that group-based approaches cannot directly be used to understand individual adolescent development. For that reason, interest in Dynamic Systems Theory, or DST, has increased rapidly. Psychosocial Development in Adolescence: Insights from the Dynamic Systems Approach covers state-of-the-art insights into adolescent development that have resulted from adopting a dynamic systems approach.

The first chapter of the book provides a basic introduction into dynamic systems principles and explains their consequences for the study of development. Subsequently, different experts discuss why and how we can apply a dynamic systems approach to the study of the adolescent transition period and psychological interventions. Various examples of the application of a dynamic systems approach are showcased, ranging from basic to more advanced techniques, as well as the insights they have generated. These applications cover a variety of fundamental topics in adolescent development, ranging from the development of identity, morality, sexuality, and peer-networks, to more applied topics such as psychological interventions, educational dropout, and talent development.

This book will be invaluable to both beginner- and expert-level students and researchers interested in a dynamic systems approach and in the insights that it has yielded for adolescent development.


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