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Childhood and adolescence
The play deficit

Children today are cossetted and pressured in equal measure. Without the freedom to play they will never grow up

Peter Gray

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Childhood and adolescence
Childhood, disrupted

Adversity in childhood can create long-lasting scars, damaging our cells and our DNA, and making us sick as adults

Donna Jackson Nakazawa

Shanghai, July 2012. All photos by Bruno Barbey/Magnum

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Demography and migration
The balinghou

Chinese parents bemoan their children’s laziness and greed, but this generation of young people has had enough

James Palmer

From left to right: Kristin, Dave, Dan, Dot and Sue. All photos kindly supplied by the author

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Childhood and adolescence
The great forgetting

Our first three years are usually a blur and we don’t remember much before age seven. What are we hiding from ourselves?

Kristin Ohlson

ca. 1956. Photo by Kirn Vintage Stock/Corbis

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Childhood and adolescence
You can do it, baby!

Our culture is rich with esteem-boosting platitudes for young dreamers, but the assurances are dishonest and dangerous

Leslie Garrett

Cruising the boulevard in Los Angeles, California, August 1980. Photo by Bruce Dale/National Geographic/Getty

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Childhood and adolescence
The end of adolescence

In the 20th century it offered a bridge from the innocence of childhood to the responsibilities of adult life. Not any more

Paula S Fass

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Psychiatry and psychotherapy
Cradled by therapy

Why therapy works is still up for debate. But, when it does, its methods mimic the attachment dynamics of good parenting

Elitsa Dermendzhiyska

Confident, idealistic, hard working... what’s not to like? Photo by Thomas Peter/Reuters

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Childhood and adolescence
Growing-ups

Living with your parents, single and with no clear career. Is this a failure to grow up or a whole new stage of life?

Jeffrey Jensen Arnett

Chess queen, 1965 Photo by Anna Kaufman Moon/Hulton Archive/Getty
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Childhood and adolescence
Where’s Bobbi Fischer?

Little girls sign up to play chess in droves. So why are so few of the world’s top players women?

Hana Schank

Identical twins Johanna and Eva Gill at the 32nd annual Twins Days Festival in Twinsburg, Ohio on 4 August 2012. Photo by Lisa Wiltse/Getty
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Neurodiversity
The autism paradox

How an autism diagnosis became both a clinical label and an identity; a stigma to be challenged and a status to be embraced

Bonnie Evans

Rebel Without a Cause (1955) Courtesy Warner Bros
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Stories and literature
The coming-of-age con

How can you go about finding ‘who you really are’ if the whole idea of the one true self is a big fabrication?

Cody Delistraty

An orphanage in Craiova, Romania in 1994. Photo by Michael Carroll
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Childhood and adolescence
Detachment

How can scientists act ethically when they are studying the victims of a human tragedy, such as the Romanian orphans?

Virginia Hughes

Music fans at Kelvingrove Park, Glasgow, Scotland, 27 May 1984. Photo by Daily Record/Mirrorpix/Getty
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Music
Now THAT was music

One grim day (when youth is over) you find that new music gets on your nerves. But why do our musical tastes freeze over?

Lary Wallace

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Childhood and adolescence
The telling

When a parent dies by suicide, how the children are told casts a permanent shadow on their understanding of life and loss

Jesse Bering

In praise of praise. Photo by Luca Zordan/Gallery Stock
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Childhood and adolescence
Praise them!

Everyone thinks that too much praise can turn children into entitled monsters but the science isn’t nearly that simple

Carlin Flora

A woman working on the nose section of a B-17 aircraft, Douglas Aircraft Company, California, 1942Photo by Alfred T Palmer, courtesy Library of Congress

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Childhood and adolescence
I’m not a feminist but…

These American teens look up to their strong mothers and believe in equal rights. So why won’t they use the F-word?

Pamela Erens

Margaret Mead photographed at the American Museum of Natural History, New York, 1930. Photo by Irving Browning/The New York Historical Society/Getty

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Anthropology
The meaning of Margaret Mead

Mead argued that non-Western cultures offered alternative (often better) ways to be human. Why was she so vilified for it?

Sam Dresser

Magical ingredients. Photo by Peter Marlow/Magnum
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Stories and literature
Books for life

There is something deeply revealing about the books one truly loves in childhood and adolescence

Adam Gidwitz