Adolescents, Rapid Social Change, and the Law

The Transforming Nature of Protection

  • Roger J.R. Levesque

Part of the Advancing Responsible Adolescent Development book series (ARAD)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Roger J.R. Levesque
      Pages 3-25
  3. Media

  4. Education

  5. Families and Communities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 153-153
    2. Ellen Fredbeck
      Pages 195-206
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 207-213

About this book


This book reviews broad social changes affecting youth development and the inconsistency of the legal system in updating its approach to adolescents’ rights. Legal experts examine current adolescent protections and offer research-based proposals for revising laws that underserve or criminalize youth under the rubric of protection. Focusing on the key areas of technology and media, education, and personal relationships, chapters discuss legal responses to a range of challenges impacting young people, including sexual exploitation, the right to privacy, military family issues, and the school-to-prison pipeline. The book’s nuanced concept of legal protection credits youth with greater competence than currently afforded, in hope that adolescents can take more ownership of their evolving lives in a rapidly changing society.

Topics featured in this volume include:
  • How to balance freedom of expression with adolescents’ right to data protection. The sexualization of media and its effects on youth attitudes and behaviors. 
  • The rising phenomenon of teenage sexting. 
  • Protecting students’ sexual identity in private schools. 
  • Youth sex and labor trafficking and possible solutions to alleviate the widespread crime.
Adolescents, Rapid Social Change, and the Law is a must-have resource for researchers and professors, clinicians and related professionals as well as graduate students in developmental psychology, family studies, public health, educational policy and politics, and social policy.


Adolescents and changing sexual relationships Adolescents and media Adolescents and school choice Adolescents and technological challenges Adolescents in changing schools Adolescents’ sexual consent and decriminalization Adolescents’ sexual offending Developmental science and law Developmental science and social policy Discipline and diverse adolescents Education during adolescence Legal structures and adolescence Online networks and adolescent victims Social structures and adolescence Technology and adolescence The right to be forgotten and adolescence Victimology and adolescents

Editors and affiliations

  • Roger J.R. Levesque
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Criminal JusticeIndiana UniversityBloomingtonUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science and Psychology
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-41533-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-41535-2
  • Series Print ISSN 2195-089X
  • Series Online ISSN 2195-0903
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