Development as Action in Context

Problem Behavior and Normal Youth Development

  • Rainer K. Silbereisen
  • Klaus Eyferth
  • Georg Rudinger

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-X
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. R. K. Silbereisen, K. Eyferth
      Pages 3-16
  3. Approaches to Managing Life-Tasks in Adolescence

  4. Development and Problem Behavior

  5. Prospects

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 285-285
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 311-322

About this book


Most contributions to this volume originated as papers given at an inter­ national conference on Integrative Perspectives on Youth Development held in Berlin (West) in May, 1983. This conference was part of a 6-year longi­ tudinal research program on the causes of substance use among adolescents in Berlin, which is now in its fourth year. The conference title deliberately did not refer to substance use. However, its relevance to an explanation of drug-related problem behavior was made evident to everyone invited to the conference. The search for integrative perspectives in youth development originated in a dilemma that became obvious during the planning of intensive research on concomitants of substance use. In the methodology for research on youth development, there were two lines of thought that seemed completely unre­ lated to each other: One line of thought was oriented toward the person, leaving situational aspects aside, while the other concentrated on ecological or situational determinants and thus neglected the aspects of development and internal processes. The integration of both these directions seemed to be an unusually promising approach for any project that aimed to understand changes in the individual within a rapidly changing urban setting. The best way to come closer to a resolution of that dilemma seemed to be an intensive exchange between the American and European scientific communities on this issue.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Rainer K. Silbereisen
    • 1
  • Klaus Eyferth
    • 1
  • Georg Rudinger
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyTechnical University of BerlinBerlin 10West Germany
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of BonnBonnGermany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1986
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-662-02477-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-662-02475-1
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