This reference summarizes and overviews current research on
adolescence in 31 countries from around the world. The volume
begins with a discussion of interdisciplinary and international
perspectives on adolescence, with special attention to
psychological and sociological approaches. Each of the chapters
that follow considers adolescence in a particular country, and the
chapters are arranged alphabetically for ease of use. To foster
comparative research, each chapter shares a common format, with
sections on the historical and sociodemographic background of
adolescence since 1945, sociocultural patterns of rites of passage,
psychological and social problem behaviors, and policy matters.
Each chapter concludes with a list of current references, and the
volume ends with a selected bibliography and an appendix of key
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