PSY 375 Middle Childhood and Adolescence

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Running Head: THE ADOLESCENT BATTLEFIELD 1 *Please be sure to use this tutorial as a guide only. Do not plagiarize and do not resell as your own work. If you have any questions or problems with the tutorial please get a hold of me before leaving any negative feedback and I will resolve the issue. If you have trouble opening or viewing the files please contact me and I will fix the problem as soon as I can. Sometimes instructors change the syllabus so if the material does not match your syllabus please let me know. If I do not respond right away please be patient, I do have a full-time job and I try to check my messages once a day. Thanks and good luck!!! :-) The Adolescent Battlefield Names Psy 375 January 23, 2011 Teacher
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2 The Adolescent Battlefield Adolescence is undoubtedly the most unstable part of an individual’s life span development. It is during this time that individuals are transitioning from childhood to adulthood. This period of transition varies slightly with each individual; however, all adolescents go through a myriad of developmental changes during the ages of ten to fourteen. These developmental changes happen rapidly and intensely to the physical, cognitive, social, and emotional growth of the adolescent. Physical Changes Physical changes include puberty, which is a period of sexual maturation. Puberty in adolescent females and males differ in extreme ways, except that it prepares both sexes for adulthood and reproduction. In females, the first sign of puberty is the development of the breasts with other signs including the growth of hair in pubic areas and armpits as well as the widening of the hips and finally the first menstrual period, which is called menarche. In males the first sign of puberty is an increase in the size of the penis and testicles followed by the growth of hair in pubic areas and armpits. These signs are followed by muscle growth, deepening of the voice, and the first ejaculation of the seminal fluid called the spermarche. Hormonal and Social Changes Adolescents also experience emotional moodiness because of hormonal influences. Frequent emotional changes and sexual desires lead adolescents to try to find their own individuality through a variety of means that can include suddenly acting out of character. Social changes occur when an adolescent tries to bond with his or her peers. This is when they experience peer pressure and do things they would not normally do. Adolescents experience
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3 almost uncontrollable hormonal behavior that often times come in sudden bursts and this sometimes drives them to seek sexual pleasure or rebel against authority figures they once had more respect for. Dramatic changes in behavior occur because adolescents are acting on new and powerful impulses in a changing body. Berger (2008) stated, to understand any single adolescent of any age, keep variability in
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