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Lecture Overheads for developmental psychology, ps 241, Boston University. Professor Catherine L Harris, 2004. Must Adolescence be a period of storm and stress?. Biological Perspective The hormonal changes accompanying puberty cause emotional distress Environmental-Learning Perspective

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Lecture overheads for developmental psychology ps 241 boston university

Lecture Overheads for developmental psychology, ps 241, Boston University

Professor Catherine L Harris, 2004


Must adolescence be a period of storm and stress

Must Adolescence be a period of storm and stress?

  • Biological Perspective

    • The hormonal changes accompanying puberty cause emotional distress

  • Environmental-Learning Perspective

    • New social demands lead to emotional conflict, turbulence, rebellion -- but society can minimize these


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  • Interactionist:

    • The combined biological and social changes are jointly so powerful that puberty is truly a new stage


Cultural context there are multiple shapers of the turbulence of puberty

Cultural-context: There are multiple shapers of the turbulence of puberty

In industrialized societies, there is a large gap between onset of physical maturity and the attainment of adult status

  • Early physical maturation (age 11-12 rather than 16-17)

  • Years of training/education required for technological society


Additional stressors

Additional Stressors

  • Wide variability in rate of physical maturation

  • New cognitive abilities -- introspection and self-analysis

  • Mixed-message from adult societies (parents eager for teens to behave responsibly; but withhold adult privileges)


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