Adolescents, Sex, and the Law: Preparing Adolescents for Responsible Citizenship

Pages: 392
Item #: 431626A
ISBN: 978-1-55798-609-2
List Price: $29.95
Member/Affiliate Price: $24.95
Copyright: 2000
Format: Hardcover
Note: This book is out of print and no longer available for purchase.

Although adolescents have sex, suffer the effects of domestic violence, and fall victim to sexual harassment, existing laws often prevent them from gaining access to the social services available to adults. Further, laws that deny adolescents access to social services exist side-by-side with laws that readily allow adolescent offenders to be moved from the juvenile justice system into adult court. In effect, the law treats adolescents either as children or as adults, failing to acknowledge that they are neither.

In this provocative book, law professor and attorney Roger J. R. Levesque illuminates the shortcomings of the juvenile justice system and proposes a strategy for reframing the current social and legal conceptions of adolescence. Levesque weaves an intricate tapestry of social, psychological, and legal analysis as he argues for reforms that will make adolescents responsible citizens by accurately reflecting the realities of adolescent life.

This groundbreaking examination of adolescence is must reading for anyone who works with teenagers, from mental health professionals and public policy specialists to attorneys.

Table of Contents


Introduction: Sexuality and the Rights of Adolescents

I. Conceptions of Adolescents and Their Place in the Law

  1. The Invention and Reinvention of Adolescence
  2. Adolescence and the Law

II. The Regulation of Adolescent Sexuality

  1. Regulating the Transition to Adolescent Sexuality
  2. Regulating Sexually Active Adolescents

III. Rethinking the Legal Control of Adolescent Sexuality

  1. Sex and Schools
  2. Sex and the Media
  3. Sexual Victimization by Adults
  4. Sexual Victimization by Adolescents
  5. Sexual Offending
  6. Adolescent Childrearing

IV. The Future of Adolescents' Rights

  1. Reforming Adolescents' Rights

Table of Authorities

Author Index

Subject Index

About the Author

Author Bio

Roger J. R. Levesque received a JD from Columbia University School of Law and a PhD in Cultural Psychology from the University of Chicago. Before joining Indiana University's Department of Criminal Justice, he was a Fellow in the Law & Psychology Program at the University of Nebraska—Lincoln. He has published more than 40 scholarly articles and book chapters that deal with family life, maltreatment, and the law. He is the author of Child Sexual Abuse: A Human Rights Perspective (Indiana University Press, 1999).

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This study integrates the best current thinking in psychology and law.
—CHOICE Magazine