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Adolescent development: Putting Europe on the map

ByLuc Goossens

This handbook tries to fill a gap in the literature on adolescent development and behavior. All the authors of the various chapters have been invited to include as many findings on European adolescents as possible. Through this specific emphasis, the present handbook is meant to provide a complement to other reviews of the literature that are mostly based on empirical studies conducted on North American samples. This project seems to come at an appropriate time, because there is an increasing contribution from developmentalists based outside the United States to the available knowledge base on child development. The children whose development is reported are also inceasingly more likely to be living outside the United States (Super, 2005). Exact figures on international representation in research on adolescence are currently lacking, but there is a growing realization that some aspects of development may proceed with different trajectories in different environments.