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Dr. Arnett is the Editor of two encyclopedias published in 2007: the International Encyclopedia of Adolescence (Routledge) and the Encyclopedia of Children, Adolescents, and the Media (Sage Publications).

Routledge International Encyclopedia of Adolescence


This encyclopedia is an unprecedented project that will gather together information on adolescents from over 150 countries around the world. The section on each country will include entries on the following topics:

  • Background Information (brief overview of national characteristics)
  • Period of Adolescence (when puberty begins, cultural definition of adolescence, existence (or not) of emerging adulthood)
  • Beliefs (religious beliefs and values)
  • Gender (differences in expected roles and behavior for males and females)
  • The Self (identity development, time alone)
  • Family Relationships (relations with parents, siblings, and extended family)
  • Friends and Peers (time with friends; existence of distinctive youth culture)
  • Love and Sexuality (dating, cohabitation, premarital sex, abortion, STDs)
  • Health Risk Behavior (drug use, crime, suicide, etc.)
  • Work (types of work, transition from school to work)
  • Media (uses of TV, music, Internet, etc.)
  • Politics and Military (political participation, involvement in military service)
  • Unique Issues (issues specific to the country

For more information, visit Routledge's website at www.routledge-ny.com/ref/adolescence/introduction.html.

Encyclopedia of Children, Adolescents, and the Media


From Internet censorship to sex and violence on television and in video games, the media and their effects on children and adolescents is one of the most widely debated topics today. The Encyclopedia of Children, Adolescents, and the Media (two volumes, approximately 550 pages each) will present state-of-the art research and ready-to-use facts on the media’s interaction with America’s children and adolescents. This book’s 400-500 entries will cover the traditional and electronic media and their impacts—for good and ill—on children and adolescents. Entries will cover television, film, video games, the Internet, magazines, music, and more. Specific topics will include violence, sex, rating systems and warning labels, body image and eating disorders, popular music lyrics, advertising, digital music downloading, parental involvement, policymaking, and much more. Coverage will be cross-disciplinary, with contributions from the fields of psychology, education, media studies and communication, sociology, and public policy.

For more information, visit the Sage website at www.sagepub.com/refbooksProdDesc.nav?prodId=Book226757.