PASEF Luncheon, April 25, 2012

Vivian Seltzer - "The Serious Business of Adolescence (and what we should know about it)"

The business of adolescence is growing up to be a positive, well functioning adult. Most kids make it there, some better prepared than others. The business of parents and other adults is being there when needed, supplying necessary support and resources to help youth make success happen. Physical growth is the easiest of the four domains of growth to see happen. Then comes intellectual growth as we hear new topics of interest and more mature opinions expressed. But, less is well known about adolescent psychological passage, particularly the emotional toll of their subliminal, almost constant psychological inquiries into self, others, and self in contrast to others.

Beginning at puberty, for a variety of developmental reasons, adolescents examine tens and hundreds of aspects of many different types and groups of peers. They are stimulated subliminally and occur simultaneously along with other activities, despite the setting, e.g. school, leisure. Notwithstanding parental admonitions about too much time spent with agemates, in person and on the phone, adolescents persist in get togethers and use cell phones and other social media to find out what else is new that they may not have known just hours earlier - more data to evaluate re others and themselves. Private subliminal examinations of the new information gained comes to life again and energizes the process of self measurement, status and functioning in small and large groups. etc. This is the business of adolescence.

The dynamics, pace, and intensity of individual adolescent intra and interpersonal adolescent dynamics and its impact on the nature and course of adolescent psychological development is key to identification and analysis of adolescent normative and problem behavior. When left unidentified, masked problem areas are hidden and appear in later life. Examples of deviation from normative development and their manifestations in behavior, problematic or otherwise will be part of this discussion.

Leave the rebellion against parents model of adolescence at your desk and join us to hear a different view of the Business of Adolescence. Please bring questions for the question and answer period.

Dr. Seltzer's work on Peer-Impact has been published in three books: the first is her theory of Dynamic Functional Interaction. The second: findings of empirical studies and application of the DFI approach in education, clinical settings, and psychotherapy. The third offers a Peer Impact methodology for professional practice, protocols for interviewing, case studies and tutorials, brief references to her cross-national findings.

The luncheon will begin at 12pm on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 in the Hourglass Room of the University Club. Cost and University Club details.