Age of Opportunity

  • by Laurence Steinberg
  • Narrated by Malcolm Hillgartner
  • 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A leading authority draws on new research to explain why the adolescent years are so developmentally crucial, and what we must do to raise happier, more successful kids. Adolescence now lasts longer than ever before. And as world-renowned expert on adolescent psychology Dr. Laurence Steinberg argues, this makes these years the key period in determining individuals’ life outcomes, demanding that we change the way we parent, educate, and understand young people. In Age of Opportunity, Steinberg leads listeners through a host of new findings - including groundbreaking original research - that reveal what the new timetable of adolescence means for parenting 13-year-olds (who may look more mature than they really are) versus 20-somethings (who may not be floundering even when it looks like they are). He also explains how the plasticity of the adolescent brain, rivaling that of years 0 through 3, suggests new strategies for instilling self-control during the teenage years. Packed with useful knowledge, Age of Opportunity is a sweeping book in the tradition of Reviving Ophelia, and an essential guide for parents and educators of teenagers.

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What made the experience of listening to Age of Opportunity the most enjoyable?

I work with adolescents in schools and Dr. Sternberg's book has been very helpful in understanding the range of issues they are dealing with. The neuroscience and the emerging humanity of kids.


What was one of the most memorable moments of Age of Opportunity?

Dr. Sternberg tells stories, including of those closest to him, that explain the perils and opportunities of adolescence. One was about his own child, Ben. I won't spoil it. Get this book.


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- Dk

Must Read for Parents, Educators, and Social Workers - Really Everyone

I obtained my Master of Social Work degree from IU. I have worked with youth and young adults for over 4 years, and I currently Direct a program that works with approx. 500 youth/young adults aging out of foster care each year with a current enrollment of 250.

This book has made me better at understanding and engaging youth/young adults, a better leader, and a better father and uncle. I highly recommend this book for everyone and especially those who work with the 10-25 year old population in any setting.

This book gives you the research behind issues for our young people, brain development, and directions on how to minimize risks and increase protective factors. Great read!
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- Kayleen H.

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-09-2014
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio