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Journal of Research on Adolescence Marks 20th Year

Decade in Review highlights advancements, Results in this diverse field of research TUCSON, Ariz. — To commemorate its 20th anniversary, the Journal of Research on Adolescence (JRA) has published the Decade in Review edition, highlighting the diverse disciplinary perspectives and recent advances in theory, methods, and empirical results. “We want the Decade in Review to encourage continuing research on adolescent development,” said Stephen T. Russell, PhD, Review co-author and director of the Frances McClelland Institute for Children, Youth and Families at the University of Arizona. “We hope this issue will be a guide and inspiration for the next generation of adolescent development scholars and students at all levels of academic standing. We’ve seen the growth of work in this area and we hope the journal will grow as a beacon to influence critical thinking about existing work, expand theories regarding the complexity of adolescents, and spur the development of new methodologies for capturing changes in the lives of adolescents.” Multidisciplinary and international in scope, the JRA has significantly advanced knowledge in the field of adolescent research. The journal publishes original research and integrative reviews of the highest level of scholarship. Featured studies include both quantitative and qualitative methods applied to cognitive, physical, emotional, and social development and behavior. Articles relevant to the variety of developmental patterns inherent throughout adolescence are featured, including cross-national and cross-cultural studies. Attention is given to normative patterns of behavior and individual differences rooted in personal or social and cultural factors. To narrow 10 years of articles into one review, topics were identified and leaders in the field invited to contribute reviews in their subfield of expertise on scholarships published from approximately 2000-2010. The areas that were selected include a range of developmental domains, contexts, and issues or problems in adolescent development. Some are traditional areas of study such as decision making and sexuality, and some have gained new momentum such as obesity and same-sex sexualities.

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The Frances McClelland Institute for Children, Youth and Families serves as a catalyst for cross-disciplinary research on children, youth, and families at the University of Arizona. Its research initiatives address questions important to the development and well-being of contemporary children, youth, and families, with the goal of improving basic understanding to enhance the lives of the people of Arizona and the world. For more information, visit The John and Doris Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences, which is part of the UA College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS), currently consists of two divisions: Family Studies & Human Development and Retailing & Consumer Sciences. Both offer B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees and are ranked among the best in the nation. Together, they host four multidisciplinary research, outreach, and education units: the Cooperative Extension, the Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing and Consumer Sciences, the Take Charge America Institute for Consumer Finance Education and Research, and the Frances McClelland Institute for Children, Youth, and Families. For more information, visit



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