Adolescence to Adulthood Aboriginal Bushmen test. Aboriginal bushmen in Australia undergo strenuous survival tests; young tribesmen in Borneo have vine ropes tied around their ankles and then fling themselves earthward from tall tree towers – halting mere inches from the ground.
What we now have is a group of people ranging in age from 12 to 18 who are undergoing physical changes to their bodies as the maturation process crosses the threshold from child to adult.
Besides overall gender differences in the rate and timing of physical maturation, individual differences exist as well.
From childhood on, he was confused about his own identity, unsure where he fit in the scheme of things.
It is natural for youth to flounder around, going back and forth before completing this task. Most adolescents experiment with a variety of roles, discarding one to try out another.
Because achieving an identity takes so long, some youths try to make decisions about their identity too soon.