Adolescence Fact Sheet

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Adolescence Fact Sheet

• During adolescence “social responsibilities, sexual expression, and belief system development are all things that are likely to vary by culture”. (, n.d.)• During this period, relationship can affect their social development. During this stage, teens tend to start “romantic” relationships, and those relationships start to dictate how they do certain things.

• Boys and girls reach their final height. (• In boys, their voice deepens. (

Physical Development:

Adolescence Fact Sheet

Social and Cultural Influences:

• Between 12-14 teens “focus on themselves; going back and forth between high expectations and lack of confidence”. (, n.d.)• Between 15-17 teens “have a deeper capacity for caring and sharing and for developing more intimate relationships”. (, n.d.)

Social/Emotional Development:

Two Strategies for families:• A parent can offer more situations of independence to a child in this stage. Allowing them to make their own mistakes and learn from them.• Parents can engage their children by offering to do activities they enjoy with them.

• Between 12 – 20 a child “continues to gain in moral self-regulation”. (Berk, 2013, p.517)• Between 12 – 20 “Teacher – and peer-reported aggression declines”. (Berk, 2013, p.517)

Language Development:

Moral Reasoning/Self-Regulation Development:

• During adolescence they “comprehend over 40,000 words, including many abstract terms”. (Berk, 2013)• They “understand subtle nonliteral word meanings, as in sarcasm, irony and proverbs”. (Berk, 2013)

Two Signs of Atypical Development:• A teenager who shows no signs of abstract thinking.• A teenager who shows no interest in independence from their parents.

Cognitive Development:• Typically by age 15, they show “fully developed abstract thought and can apply it in more situations”. (, n.d.)• Between 17-18 “Abilities for abstract thinking and for practical problem-solving skills are increasingly tested by the demands associated with emancipation and/or higher education”. (, n.d.)


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