11. Adolescent Development

  1. Allan Tasman Professor Chair4,
  2. Jerald Kay Professor Chair5,
  3. Jeffrey A. Lieberman Lawrence Kolb Professor Chairman Director Psychiatrist in Chief6,7,8,
  4. Michael B. First Professor of Clinical Psychiatry6,7,9 and
  5. Mario Maj Professor Chair10
  1. Kenneth E. Towbin1,2 and
  2. John E. Showalter3

Published Online: 8 AUG 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470515167.ch11

Psychiatry, Third Edition

Psychiatry, Third Edition

How to Cite

Towbin, K. E. and Showalter, J. E. (2008) Adolescent Development, in Psychiatry, Third Edition (eds A. Tasman, J. Kay, J. A. Lieberman, M. B. First and M. Maj), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470515167.ch11

Editor Information

  1. 4

    Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Louisville School of Medicine, Louisville, KY, USA

  2. 5

    Department of Psychiatry, Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, Dayton, OH, USA

  3. 6

    Department of Psychiatry, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University, New York, NY, USA

  4. 7

    New York State Psychiatric Institute, New York, NY, USA

  5. 8

    Columbia University Medical Center, New York – Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY, USA

  6. 9

    Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY, USA

  7. 10

    Department of Psychiatry, University of Naples, Naples, Italy

Author Information

  1. 1

    Division of Intramural Research Program, National Institute of Mental Health, Bethesda, MD, USA

  2. 2

    Department of Psychiatry and Bahavioral Sciences, George Washington University School of Medicine, Washington, DC, USA

  3. 3

    Yale Child Study Center, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 8 AUG 2008
  2. Published Print: 16 APR 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470065716

Online ISBN: 9780470515167



  • adolescent development;
  • adolescence and three biopsychosocial phases;
  • biological, cognitive, social, and moral development;
  • male genital development and testicular and penile length;
  • female sex maturity stages;
  • synaptic pruning in brain myelination;
  • synaptogenesis, pruning and sex hormones influence;
  • metacognition and executive control or processes;
  • specific gene–environment interactions


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Historical Perspectives

  • Conceptual Framework

  • Biological Development

  • Brain Development

  • Cognitive Development

  • Emotional Development

  • Social Development

  • Risk Factors, Protective Factors, and Gene–Environment Interactions

  • Conclusion

  • References