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Wild parties, late nights, and lots of sex, drugs, and alcohol. Many assume these are the things that define an American teenager’s first year after high school. But the reality is really quite different. As Tim Clydesdale reports in The First Year Out, teenagers generally manage the increased responsibilities of everyday life immediately after graduation effectively. But, like many good things, this comes at a cost.

Tracking the daily lives of fifty young people making the transition to life after high school, Clydesdale reveals how teens settle into manageable patterns of substance use and sexual activity; how they meet the requirements of postsecondary education; and how they cope with new financial expectations. Most of them, we learn, handle the changes well because they make a priority of everyday life. But Clydesdale finds that teens also stow away their identities—religious, racial, political, or otherwise—during this period in exchange for acceptance into mainstream culture. This results in the absence of a long-range purpose for their lives and imposes limits on their desire to understand national politics and global issues, sometimes even affecting the ability to reconstruct their lives when tragedies occur.

The First Year Out is an invaluable resource for anyone caught up in the storm and stress of working with these young adults.

Synopsis:

Wild parties, late nights, and lots of sex, drugs, and alcohol. Many assume these are the things that define an American teenagers first year after high school. But the reality is really quite different. As Tim Clydesdale reports in The First Year Out, teenagers generally manage the increased responsibilities of everyday life immediately after graduation effectively. But, like many good things, this comes at a cost.

Tracking the daily lives of fifty young people making the transition to life after high school, Clydesdale reveals how teens settle into manageable patterns of substance use and sexual activity; how they meet the requirements of postsecondary education; and how they cope with new financial expectations. Most of them, we learn, handle the changes well because they make a priority of everyday life. But Clydesdale finds that teens also stow away their identities—religious, racial, political, or otherwise—during this period in exchange for acceptance into mainstream culture. This results in the absence of a long-range purpose for their lives and imposes limits on their desire to understand national politics and global issues, sometimes even affecting the ability to reconstruct their lives when tragedies occur.

The First Year Out is an invaluable resource for anyone caught up in the storm and stress of working with these young adults.

About the Author

Tim Clydesdale is associate professor of sociology at the College of New Jersey.

 

Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction: An Unexpected Journey

One

Four Teens

Two

Starting Points

Three

Navigating Relationships, Managing Gratifications

Four

Working for Money, Spending for Fun

Five

Cognitively Sharper, Intellectually Immune

Six

Narrowed Perspectives, Broader Implications

 

Methodological Appendix

Notes

Selected Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226110653
Author:
Clydesdale, Timothy T.
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Author:
Clydesdale, Tim
Subject:
Children's Studies
Subject:
Psychology
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
High school graduates
Subject:
High school graduates -- Employment.
Subject:
College freshmen -- United States.
Subject:
Sociology-Children and Family
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Morality and Society Series
Publication Date:
20070531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Pages:
239
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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Wild parties, late nights, and lots of sex, drugs, and alcohol. Many assume these are the things that define an American teenagers first year after high school. But the reality is really quite different. As Tim Clydesdale reports in The First Year Out, teenagers generally manage the increased responsibilities of everyday life immediately after graduation effectively. But, like many good things, this comes at a cost.

Tracking the daily lives of fifty young people making the transition to life after high school, Clydesdale reveals how teens settle into manageable patterns of substance use and sexual activity; how they meet the requirements of postsecondary education; and how they cope with new financial expectations. Most of them, we learn, handle the changes well because they make a priority of everyday life. But Clydesdale finds that teens also stow away their identities—religious, racial, political, or otherwise—during this period in exchange for acceptance into mainstream culture. This results in the absence of a long-range purpose for their lives and imposes limits on their desire to understand national politics and global issues, sometimes even affecting the ability to reconstruct their lives when tragedies occur.

The First Year Out is an invaluable resource for anyone caught up in the storm and stress of working with these young adults.

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