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PSY_214_ch__7_notes - PSY 214 Adolescent Psychology Chapter...

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PSY 214 – Adolescent Psychology Chapter 7 Notes In chapter 7 we begin our study of the last of the major realms of development in which significant change typically occurs during adolescence. To recap, we’ve already looked at the physical, cognitive, moral, and psychological changes that are typical for American adolescents. Now we will be examining the ways in which adolescents’ relationships with other people change – i.e. the social realm of development. Chapter 7 deals with changes that typically occur in relationships with family members. Chapter 8 looks at typical changes in relationships with friends. One of the biggest changes in family relationships is described in the section of the chapter that deals with parent-adolescent conflict. The information provided sounds a bit confusing. On the one hand, it is true that adolescents continue to love and trust their parents and often describe them as the people they admire the most. On the other hand, it is also true that adolescents fight with their parents much more than they did when they were younger. The resolution to this apparent contradiction is that the conflicts adolescents have with their parents are over relatively minor issues, at least on the surface. As your book points out, the most likely sources of conflict have to do with curfews, personal appearance, time spent with friends, household chores, etc. Nevertheless, even though there are these frequent conflicts, most adolescents do
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