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Harry D. Johnson II - Associate Professor, Human Development and Family Studies, Penn State Worthington Campus

Book Title: The Catcher in the Rye

Author: J. D. Salinger

Book Description:

My research interests focus on the social and personality development of adolescents. This book serves as a great learning tool and example of adolescent development. First, Salinger was able to capture the somewhat universal internal and external conflicts faced during adolescence. Second, Salinger was also able to show how adolescents, despite these conflicts, have hope for the future. These descriptions have not only provided a timeless depiction of adolescence, but also show students both the negative and positive aspects of moving from adolescence into young adulthood.


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