The Process of Adolescent Development

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Introduction Adolescence is a transition which has no fixed time limits. However, the changes that occur at this time are so significant that it is useful to talk about adolescence as a distinct period of human life cycle. This period ranges from biological changes to changes in behavior and social status, thus making it difficult to specify its limits exactly (Damon, 2008). Adolescence begins with puberty, i.e. a series of physiological changes that lead to full development of the sexual organs and the ability to breed and sex. The time interval that elapses begins at 11 to 12 years and extends to 18 to 20. However we cannot associate to a 13 with one 18 years. Let us talk about early adolescence between 11 to 14 years, which coincides with puberty, and after a second period of youth, or late adolescence between 15-20 years. Its extension to adulthood depends on social, cultural, environmental as well as personal adaptation. Thesis Statement The purpose of this paper is to explore the impact of environmental influence on the process of adolescent development Discussion Social; sciences has changed the thinking of youth, and they have different views regarding different things. The process of adolescent development has influenced children ritually. As children develop, physical changes will be apparent to the casual observer. What is less obvious are the many important physiological and neurological changes occurring that will facilitate the other areas of development. During infancy and early childhood, children develop an incredible number of synapses, or branches that reach between neurons. Shortly after this fantastic cycle of growth, many of these synapses disappear. Those that are used more frequently remain. This pro... ... middle of paper ... ...stically present the three overarching perspectives that guide today's researchers and practitioners of developmental psychology, David Bjorklund and Carlos Hern? CHILD AND ADOLESCENT DEVELOPMENT: AN IINTEGRATED APPROACH shows how the major perspectives on human development must be integrated? Rather than presented as contrasting and sometimes contradictory ways of looking at development? In order to meaningfully understand infants, children, and adolescents as well as how they develop. Maholmes, V., Lomonaco, G. C., (2010), “Applied research in child and adolescent development: a practical guide”, Taylor & Francis. This book is a much needed guide to doing applied research on human development. It provides excellent personal examples of how basic researchers have expanded into applied areas and excellent advice on how to conduct the very best applied research.

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