Growing up Amish the teenage years

Richard A. Stevick

From research on neighboring and other Amish communities, Stevick (emeritus, psychology, Messiah College, Grantham, Pennsylvania) offers insights into the paradox that although Amish families are not immune from some of the issues confronting mainstream ones, 90% of Amish children choose this lifestyle. While the media has focused on alcohol and drug use during Rumspringa, a "running-around period" for youth prior to making a lifelong commitment to the Church, the author argues that this rite of passage actually serves to reinforce Amish identity. He includes photos of a community that requires consent to be photographed, and a glossary of German-Amish terms. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (



Amish Non-FictionPosted February 11, 2012