Adolescence: Theory and Experience

Adolescence: Theory and ExperienceThis book is for anyone who wants to deepen their understanding of the adolescent experience.  This was an unusual undertaking. It was published in 1976 when the senior author was the Associate Director of the Student Counseling Center at UCLA. It was written in collaboration with undergraduate students at UCLA who are listed as co-authors of the book. Dr. Dreyfus provided the theoretical and structural aspects of the book while the students provided the experiential aspects. They did the research under the guidance of the senior author. It has been 35 years since the book first appeared. Many of the ideas presented in this volume are still relevant today.

About the Author

“Hobbies, in my experience, are what keep the mind engaged and malleable, regardless of age or physical condition. Hobbies provide purpose, and they’re fulfilling precisely because they’re not goal-oriented in the sense of a career. They offer pure, unadulterated enjoyment for its own sake.”

As one who most certainly practices what he preaches, Dreyfus has filled his retirement years with vigorous activity. In addition to being a published author, he’s now putting the finishing touches on a fourth screenplay. Dreyfus is also proficient in several martial arts and enjoys photography, woodworking and cooking – all part of staying young at heart (and mind).

Background of this Book

This was an unusual undertaking. It was published in 1976 when the senior author was the Associate Director of the Student Counseling Center at UCLA. It was written in collaboration with undergraduate students at UCLA who are listed as co-authors of the book. Dr. Dreyfus provided the theoretical and structural aspects of the book while the students provided the experiential aspects. They did the research under the guidance of the senior author. It has been 35 years since the book first appeared. Many of the ideas presented in this volume are still relevant today. The book will be of interest to anyone who wants to deepen their understanding of the adolescent experience and understand what it was like to be an adolescent in the ’70s.

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