In this introductory address to the the Congress of the Interntional Society for Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychology (ISAPP) in Berlin September 14-18, 2011, incoming ISAPP President Annette Streeck-Fischer interprets the Adam and Eve story of Genesis in the Bible as a myth depicting adolescent development. Elements of sexual maturation, risk-taking, and separation from parents, are present in the story. We are reminded of the many challenges todays adolescents face.
Adolescents, myths, Adam and Eve, Bible, development, sexuality
Asklepios Fachklinikum Tiefenbrunn, Waldhaus, 37124 Tiefenbrunn, Germany.