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Running head: ADOLESCENT PERSPECTIVES 1 Differing Perspectives of Adolescence San Jose State University Differing Perspectives of Adolescence
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Running head: ADOLESCENT PERSPECTIVES 2 It has been established: adolescence is universal. What does that mean? Everyone goes through adolescence; however, it does not mean it is the same for everyone. That must sound odd, but after studying different cultures and taking into account individual differences, one can conclude that indeed adolescence is experienced differently depending on culture and social context. According to our textbook, adolescence is broadly defined as “a period of transitions: biological, psychological, social, economic” (Steinberg, 2008, p. 6). The purpose of this paper is to analyze the experiences of two adolescents, one who was an adolescent over 50 years ago and one who is an adolescent today, and to conclude if there are any differences between their experiences, as well as answers to similar interview questions. Who are my interviewees? The first interviewee is my grandmother. Her name is Irina Georgescu, and she is 67 years old. She is a female. My grandmother was born in a small village, Grivita, in the country of Romania in 1941. My grandmother is a Christian Orthodox and she has been this religion all of her life. Irina had 10 siblings, five brothers and 5 sisters. Her brothers all died as young children, so she did not really get a chance to meet them well. She is the youngest of the 11 children, and she only has two of her sisters alive. Her parents never divorced so she lived in a united family. She grew up and lived in that village until she was 43 years old. At 43 she moved to the closest city due to her two daughters who had established their households there. My grandmother had only two children, but can look back at her life and feel happy about all the things she had accomplished and the way she has lived her life. My second interviewee is a 14 year old girl, Sarah Harold, who goes to the same local congregation of Jehovah’s witnesses as I do. Sarah was born in San Jose, California in 1995, but has lived all her life in Gilroy, California. Her background is Vietnamese, as both her parents come from Vietnam. Sarah has two younger sisters. Her parents have never been divorced. She is a mature adolescent for her age as she attends high-school at the local community college, where she takes both high-school
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Running head: ADOLESCENT PERSPECTIVES 3 and college level classes. Sarah values her Bible principles highly and goes out in the preaching service often. As one can easily tell, I picked two individuals who have high moral standards and who may or may not be very alike. Let us first analyze each of the two interviews, before focusing on similarities and differences. My grandmother, Irina, had to recall her adolescence from over 50 years ago, but she did
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