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Adolescent developmental issues


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Title: Adolescent developmental issues

Adolescent developmental issues
Standards and EQ
  • SS.PSY.3.4 Major Developmental Issues The
    learner will be able to recognize the major
    developmental issues for infancy, childhood,
    adolescence, adulthood and the aged.
  • EQ - Why is puberty the most important
    developmental time in our lives?

Normal adolescent development
  • Read over the normal adolescent development
  • For each section, place a check mark for all that
    apply to you.

  • For two of the checks in each section, write down
    a concrete example for the bullet point.
  • For those interested, we will share with the

Social development
  • The length of adolescence varies based on the
    life of the individual.
  • Adolescence routinely ends when an individual
    takes on adult responsibilities
  • Socially, adolescents form new friendships,
    increase knowledge, build self esteem, and
    develop personal and social skills.

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Relationship with parents
  • Adolescents make strides to become independent of
  • This quest for independence often leads to less
    time spent with parents and more time with people
    outside the family.
  • Most adolescents continue to love, respect and
    feel loyal to their parents however.
  • Adolescents who remain close with parents tend to
    perform better in school and have fewer
    adjustment problems

Relationship with parents contd.
  • Parents and children tend to have similar social,
    political, religious and economic views.
  • Adolescents tend to relate more with their mother
    and seek and follow her advice more.

Peer relationships
  • Friendships provide support and understanding.
    Usually choose people that are similar in age,
    background, educational goals, and attitudes
    towards drinking, drug use and sex.
  • Most adolescents value loyalty with friendships.
  • Girls friendships tend to be closer than boys.

Cliques and Crowds
  • Cliques peer groups of 5 10 people who spend
    a great deal of time with one another sharing
    activities. Can tend to be intolerant of
  • Crowds people who share the same attitudes, but
    do not spend much time together.
  • Adolescents join cliques in search of stability
    and sense of belonging.

Influence of peers
  • Peer pressure in early adolescence tends to be
    weak, but increases until it peaks around 15 and
    decreases around 17.
  • Adolescense give in to peers because of a search
    for approval and they have a standard upon which
    to measure their behavior against as they grow
    independent from their parents.

Dating and Relationships
  • 3 stages
  • 1. adolescents place themselves in situations
    where they will meet the opposite sex
  • 2. group dating
  • 3. pair off into two person dating
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