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6.1. Adolescence In Our Society. Two Worlds. Adolescence – somewhere between puberty and the beginning of adulthood Known in some circles as purgatory Puberty – physical maturing that makes an individual capable of reproducing Only puberty occurs in every society. Concept of Adolescence.

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Adolescence In Our Society


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Two Worlds

  • Adolescence – somewhere between puberty and the beginning of adulthood

    • Known in some circles as purgatory

  • Puberty – physical maturing that makes an individual capable of reproducing

    • Only puberty occurs in every society


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    Concept of Adolescence

    • Puberty Rites – entrance from young people to adulthood

      • Take these “tests” around 13-14 in some societies

    • Adolescence has evolved in the last 50 years

      • Three factors in development of the importance of this stage:

        • Education – financial dependency / putting off adulthood

        • Exclusion from labor force – part time jobs

        • Juvenile justice system – separate legal status / system


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    5 Characteristics

    • Biological Growth and Development

    • Undefined Status

    • Increased Decision Making

    • Increased Pressure

    • The Search for Self


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    Biological Growth and Development

    • Biological development is controlled by the brain / endocrine system

    • Developing bodies may cause anxiety

    • Happens to everyone on earth


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    Undefined Status

    • How adults treat adolescents

      • Adopt some of their ideas, reject many of their ideas

      • Treat them like children, treat them like adults


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    Increased Decision Making

    • Having to make big and small decisions

      • Transition from having adults make choices to the adolescent making the majority of the choices

      • Long and short term effects


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    Increased Pressure

    • Must strike a balance between parental wishes and peer pressure

      • Pressure to be part of the “in group”


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    Search for Self

    • Anticipatory Socialization

      • Graduation from playing house to having a part time job, dating, club memberships


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