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Development Cycle of Adolescent's

Curtousey of Healthy Place


Each teenager is an individual with a unique personality and special interests, likes and dislikes. In general, there is a series of developmental tasks that everyone faces during the adolescent years. A teenager's development can be divided into three stages - early, middle and late adolescence. The normal feelings and behaviors of adolescents for each stage are described below:
EARLY (12 - 14 years) MOVEMENT TOWARD INDEPENDENCE

Struggle with sense of identity
Moodiness
Improved abilities to use speech to express oneself
More likely to express feelings by action than by words
Close friendships gain importance
Less affection shown to parents, with occasional rudeness
Realization that parents are not perfect; identification of their faults
Search for new people to love in addition to parents
Tendency to return to childish behavior, fought off by excessive activity
Peer group influences interests and clothing styles

CAREER INTERESTS

Mostly interested in present and near future
Greater ability to work SEXUALITY
Girls ahead of boys
Same-sex friends and group activities
Shyness, blushing and modesty
Show-off qualities
Greater interest in privacy
Experimentation with body (masturbation)
Worries about being normal

ETHICS AND SELF-DIRECTION Rule and limit testing Occasional experimentation with cigarettes, drugs and alcohol Capacity for abstract thought

MIDDLE ( 14 - 17 years) MOVEMENT TOWARD INDEPENDENCE


Self-involvement, alternating between unrealistically high expectations and poor self-concept
Complaints that parents interfere with independence
Extremely concerned with appearance and with one's body
Feelings of strangeness about one's self and body
Lowered opinion of parents, withdrawal of emotions from them
Effort to make new friends
Strong emphasis of the peer group with the group identity of selectivity, superiority and competitiveness
Periods of sadness as the psychological loss of parents takes place
Examination of inner experiences, which mat include writing a dairy
CAREER INTERESTS


Intellectual interests gain importance
Some sexual and aggressive energies directed into creative and career interests

SEXUALITY

Concerns about sexual attractiveness
Frequently changing relationships
Movement towards heterosexuality with fears of homosexuality
Tenderness and fears shown towards opposite sex
Feelings of love and passion

ETHICS AND SELF-DIRECTION


Development of ideals and selection of role models
More consistent evidence of conscience
Greater capacity for setting goals
Interest in moral reasoning

LATE (17 - 19 YEARS)

MOVEMENT TOWARD INDEPENDENCE


Firmer identity
Ability to delay gratification
Ability to think ideas through Ability to express feelings in words
More developed sense of humor
Stable interests
Greater emotional stability
Ability to make independent decisions
Ability to compromise
Pride in one's work
Self-reliance
Greater concern for others

CAREER INTERESTS

Higher level of concern for the future
Thoughts about one's role in life

SEXUALITY

Concerned with serious relationships
Clear sexual identity
Capacities for tender and sensual love

ETHICS AND DIRECTION

Capable of useful insight
Stress on personal dignity and self-esteem
Ability to set goals and follow through
Acceptance of social institutions and cultural traditions
Self-regulation of self-esteem

Teenagers will naturally vary slightly from the descriptions above, but the feelings and behaviors listed for each area are, in general, considered normal for each of the three stages. The mental and emotional problems that can interfere with these normal developmental stages are treatable.

If a teenager seems very different from the descriptions presented here, it may be appropriate to consult with a mental health professional.