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Development as Action in Context

  • R. K. Silbereisen
  • K. Eyferth

Abstract

When in 1982 we started to design a longitudinal study on substance use during adolescence, employing developmental concepts to elucidate that behavior seemed almost truistic. But close scrutiny revealed a fairly consistent “developmental paucity” in the body of literature. Proceeding to the literature on normative development in adolescence, we were struck by another pervasive feature, a kind of isolationism: Either researchers emphasized emerging individual capabilities and behaviors apart from everyday contexts; or they stressed contextual features and their differences, apart from the developing individuals. As Bronfenbrenner (this volume) expressed it, the choice was between development out of context and context without development. Our aim with this introductory chapter and the contributions which follow is to illuminate the contours and features of a developmental perspective appropriate to the study of positive as well as problem behaviors in adolescence.

Keywords

Problem Behavior Anorexia Nervosa Legal Norm Social Expectation Developmental Task 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. K. Silbereisen
    • 1
  • K. Eyferth
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyTechnical University of BerlinBerlin 10West Germany

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