Competence and Character through Life
In this collection, leading psychologists, sociologists, and criminologists highlight the potential for positive development in different domains. By positing the possibility of multiple pathways of development rather than a single universal sequence, the contributors view the individual as potentially advancing in a wide range of interrelated and overlapping competencies. The nine essays in the book cover the years from youth to middle age, and they examine a range of social, political, and moral components of "competence and character" from teenage pregnancy and life-planning skills to voting records and educational attainment in low income households. Unlike comparable studies, this original and comprehensive volume frames issues, events, and longitudinal data through the lens of possibility rather than the pathology of defeat, stressing a positive approach to our conception of human potential.
List of Contributors
1: Reflections on Character and Competence
2: Future Talk: The Role of the Family in the Development of Competence at Planning
Mary Gauvain, Ruth Duran Huard.
3: Competence in Sexual Decision-Making by African-American, Female Adolescents: The Role of Peer Relations and Future Plans
Marion K. Underwood
4: The Long-term Reach of Adolescent Competence: Socioeconomic Achievement in the Lives of Disadvantaged Men
John H. Laub, Robert J. Sampson.
5: An Expert-Novice Approach to Assessing Implicit Models of the Self
Jill Bond Caire, Patricia Pliner, Sarah C. Stoker.
6: Family Values about Education and Their Transmission Among Black Inner-City Young Women
Naomi B. Farber, Roberta Rehner Iversen.
7: Exploring American Character in the Sixties Generation
8: Family Structure and Political Participation of African-American Women
9: Adult Character: Agency, Communion, Insight, and the Expression of Generativity in Midlife Adults
Shelley MacDermid, Carol E. Franz, Lee Ann De Reus.