Annotated Bibliography

Belsky, Janet. Experiencing the Lifespan. 2nd ed. New York, NY: Worth, 2010. Print. In this text, Janet Belsky explores the biological and psychological aspects of the human lifespan. She describes adolescent cognitive and socioemotional development, including sections that discuss peer influences and at-risk teen causes. Of most interest in Belsky’s work are the sections on how to provide direction for teens to flourish which I will be able to combine with the ideas presented in Authoring Your Life.

Deyhle, Donna, and LeCompte, Margaret. “Cultural Differences in Child Development: Navajo Adolescents in Middle Schools.” Theory Into Practice 33.3 (1994): 156. Web. 1 November 2013. This journal article provides a close examination of the cultural differences between Anglo and Navajo students. It suggests that the cultural differences are the reasons for conflicts and misunderstandings that take place at the middle school level. Perhaps if Navajo teens embrace their cultural differences their chances of living a fuller life will increase.

Galliher, Renee V., Jones, Matthew D., and Dahl, Angie. “Concurrent and Longitudinal Effects of Ethnic Identity and Experiences of Discrimination on Psychosocial Adjustment of Navajo Adolescents.” Developmental Psychology 47.2 (2011): 509-526. Web. 1 November 2013. This journal article examines the effects of how ethnic identity, discrimination, and psychosocial outcomes have on Navajo adolescents. Focusing on negative outcomes such as substance abuse and low self-esteem and their influences in making teens “at-risk.” This will provide background information for the causes of at-risk teens. The researchers have done extensive research and statistical analyses to support their hypotheses.

Magolda, Marcia B. Baxter. Authoring Your Life: Developing an Internal Voice to Navigate Life’s Challenges. Sterling, VA: Stylus, 2009. Print. Magolda’s book provides the themes and ideas for my research that will reconnect Navajo teens with their culture in order for them to live a positive, fuller, and more successful life. Dawn’s story presents ideas that adolescents are able to relate to such as, “taking responsibility for your own life” (Magolda, 45). Sandra and Mark’s story focuses on developing and utilizing an internal voice. Lydia allows the reader to realize that situations are temporary and that unfortunate events are learning opportunities. Evan’s story encourages the idea that being open to new experiences is needed in order to find your best-fit environment.

Wakefield, W. David, and Hudley, Cynthia. “Ethnic and Racial Identity and Adolescent Well-Being.” Theory Into Practice 46.2 (2007): 147-154. Web. 1 November 2013. Authors in this journal article provide evidence that a positive ethnic identity allows an adolescent to succeed in school and have good mental health. It will be beneficial in showing how developing and identifying with an ethnic group and culture can provide many benefits since my research will explore the connection between the Navajo culture and positive self-transformation.

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