How does the family influence adolescent behavior? Why do some young people become delinquents? What role do peers play in shaping the way adolescents act? These and many other questions are answered in this book. The Social Psychology of Adolescence introduces and reviews major themes in adolescent development, including such topics as sexuality and the risk of HIV/AIDS, school life, teenagers in the work place, mental health issues, and others. It is an up-to-date review of the latest scientific evidence of the factors that help shape adolescent behaviors. It deliberately reviews studies from as wide a range of different cultures as possible.