Adolescent Development

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Adolescent Development

Growth is typically uneven and happens rapidly, with girls hitting their growth spurt 2-3 years earlier than boys (MedlinePlus, 2013; Snowman & McCown, 2015).

General development:acne developssex drive increasesbody hair develops(MedlinePlus, 2013; Snowman & McCown, 2015)


Adolescent Development

Adolescence is the period of physical and mental development that occurs in individuals typically between the ages of 12 and 18 (MedlinePlus, 2013).

Testicles and scrotum growVoice deepensNocturnal emmissions occur(MedlinePlus, 2013; Snowman & McCown, 2015)

Breast buds form and enlargeMenstruation begins(MedlinePlus, 2013; Snowman & McCown, 2015)




ResourcesAdolescent Development: .MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia (2013, January 27). Retrieved September 6, 2015, from, J. & McCown, J. (2015). Psychology applied to teaching, 14th Ed. New York: Cengage Learning.

- Positive and negative emotions are felt more intensely. - The increased need for social approval leads to an increase in self-consciousness and an egocentric point of view.- The onsets of many psychiatric disorders are typically during adolescence, such as depression, eating disorders, substance abuse, and schizophrenia(Snowman & McCown, 2015)


- Adolescents begin to understand and anticipate the motivations and behavior of others (interpersonal reasoning).- The need for social approval and the desire to fit in is strong, which can lead to risk taking behavior.- Peers may be influential about current social characteristics while adults influence decisions about the future.- Females may develop anxiety about friendships(Snowman & McCown, 2015)


Self Consciousness in High School

- Self efficacy begins to influence what activities with which adolescents choose to get involved.-Abstract and formal thought processes begin to develop, particularly when guided.-Abstract and formal thought is applied to morals, political thinking, and testing hypotheses.(Snowman & McCown, 2015)

- Adolescents thrive in a stimulating environment that is emotionally safe and without judgement. - Each adolescent deals with challenges differently and would benefit from individualized instruction. - Group work can be used to encourage social relationships and development, which are important at this age.(Snowman & McCown, 2015)


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