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1 1 Physical Development in Adolescence - Puberty FCE 212 March 1, 2007 2 Adolescence • Definition: the physical transition from childhood to adulthood. It is linked to the physical transformations in puberty (the biological changes that leads to an adult-size body and sexual maturity.) 3 Perspectives to study adolescence: • 1. The biological perspective: – Rousseau and Hall: Adolescence is a time of great upheaval and turbulence. – Freud: Adolescence is in the genital stage, a period in which instinctual drives re-awaken and shift to the genital region. Psychological conflict and volatile, unpredictable behavior mark this stage. 4 Perspectives (Cont.) • 2. The social perspective: – Margaret Mead: promoted the idea that the social environment is entirely responsible for the negative and positive experiences of teenagers. – Emphasized the social and cultural influences on adolescence. 5 Perspectives (Cont.) • 3. Recent research takes a balanced point of view: – Adolescent development and adjustment are products of both biological and social forces. – Possible occurrences in adolescence: • Give up childish behaviors, develop new interpersonal relationships, take on greater responsibility – Other occurrences likely to happen in adolescence. • moments of uncertainty, self-doubt, and disappointment
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This note was uploaded on 03/19/2008 for the course FCE 212 taught by Professor Gipson-tansil during the Spring '08 term at Michigan State University.

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