Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry - Committees - Adolescence

Committees

Adolescence

From its beginning in 1957, this committee has focused on an intensive study of the adolescent process itself, from the perspective of the three determinants universal for all ages; biology, culture, and psychology.  It has produced four reports: Normal Adolescence, Power and Authority in Adolescence, Adolescent Pregnancy and Adolescent Suicide.  The committee is concerned with structures that foster and those that inhibit successful adolescent development.  The last two reports have been subsumed under the heading Crisis of Adolescence.  This title reflects the concern of the committee that today’s adolescents are threatened by factors that impede normal development.