The Adolescent Experience
European and American Adolescents in the 1990s
Psychology Press – 1999 – 196 pages
The opening of the borders to Eastern Europe has expanded our view on European diversities and offered new opportunities to examine the effects of the heterogeneity in European cultural backgrounds and political systems on personality and social development. This book is a first step in utilizing the rich cultural resource offered by the large number of cultural units represented in Europe and--at least in part--in the United States.
One way to understand the life conditions of adolescents in different countries is to study what they actually do in everyday life and how much time they spend on what types of activities. This book also provides essential and new information about individual and societal priorities and values. Toward this end, the "Euronet" scientists set up a postdoctoral training workshop on adolescent psychology for 10 selected American and 10 selected European participants.
The Euronet project comprises 13 different samples--six stemming from Middle and Eastern European countries (Bulgaria, the Czechoslovakian Federal Republic, Hungary, Poland, Russia, and Romania), six from Western European countries (Finland, France, Germany, Norway, French, and German Switzerland), and one from the United States (Michigan). This book reports the results of this large, cross-national, longitudinal study of adolescents and the world(s) in which they live, and is offered to all those who have an interest in adolescence and/or the diversity of Europe. Readers will learn about hundreds of features of adolescence which are more or less characteristic of the cultures, ages, and genders.
Contents: N.L. Galambos, N.A. Busch-Rossnagel, Series Editors' Foreword. F.D. Alsaker, A. Flammer, Cross-National Research in Adolescent Psychology. The Euronet Project. F.D. Alsaker, C. Flanagan, B. Csapó, Methodological Challenges in Cross-National Research. Countries, Participants, and General Procedures. A. Flammer, F.D. Alsaker, P. Noack, Time Use by Adolescents in an International Perspective. I: The Case of Leisure Activities. F.D. Alsaker, A. Flammer, Time Use by Adolescents in an International Perspective. II: The Case of Necessary Activities. J-E. Nurmi, A. Liiceanu, H. Liberska, Future-Oriented Interests. A. Grob, A. Flammer, Macrosocial Context and Adolescents' Perceived Control. A. Grob, A. Stetsenko, C. Sabatier, L. Botcheva, P. Macek, A Cross-National Model of Subjective Well-Being in Adolescence. C. Flanagan, L. Botcheva, Adolescents' Preferences for Their Homeland and Other Countries. B. Csapó, E. Czachesz, A. Liiceanu, S. Lázár, Being a Minority: Hungarian Adolescents in Transylvania, Romania. F.D. Alsaker, A. Flammer, European Adolescents: Basically Alike and Excitingly Different.