This article from today’s Globe and Mail discusses a book by Robert Epstein, the former editor of Psychology Today, which claims that the psychology of “adolescence” has no basis in biology or neurology, but is socially constructed – that adolescents are, at the biological base, intellectually and emotionally no different from adults.
This strikes me as hooey, but intriguing hooey. I may try to get a hold of this book. In the meantime, I may use this article as a point for discussion in my class on novels about adolescence. I’m very interested in what my students (and you) would have to say about 14-year-olds voting, driving, drinking and signing mortgages.