On the "Invention" of Adolescence

  title={On the "Invention" of Adolescence},
  author={Frank A. Fasick},
  journal={The Journal of Early Adolescence},
  pages={23 - 6}
  • F. Fasick
  • Published 1 February 1994
  • Psychology
  • The Journal of Early Adolescence
The "invention" of adolescence owes much to three factors in the development of the North American urban-industrial society. They are: (a) The application of technology to improve productivity, (b) the affluence that this process generated, and (c) the accompanying demographic transition. The structural changes related to these factors that have contributed to adolescence include: (a) the rise of the biologically stable small-family system, (b) population increase, (c) movement of adolescents… 

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