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Adolescence: Variations on a Theme


by George W. Goethals — 1975

I want to address myself to two quite different issues. One is relatively academic and I hope systematic. The other is extremely speculative and symbolic. I deal first with what I am going to call "theoretical regularities," and by this try to make some sense out of the vast amount of material concerning adolescence which has been written from points of view as dissimilar as the psychoanalytic and the anthropological. Second, I consider myth, and by discussing two myths attempt to symbolize what I feel to be the present psychological state of the adolescent."


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 74, No. 1.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 76 Number 5, 1975, p. 46-60
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 19200, Date Accessed: 10/19/2017 10:51:10 AM

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  • George Goethals
    Harvard University
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    GEORGE W. GOETHALS is a lecturer on Social Relations and named an assistant dean of Harvard College.
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