They are only loyal to their peers; they consider the parents and all the people in authority as 'old school'. They always feel that they are being denied their right. The adolescents are constantly searching for IDENTITY. They struggle to provide answers to the issue of self-concept by repeatedly saying to themselves .... who am I? Hypothetical answers are provided depending on the situation on ground e.g I am a slow learner, a respected human being, I am less valued, a mature man, etc. If not well handled, adolescents' beclouded feeling can cause riots, sports hooliganism, street fighting and bad blood generally. SOCIAL/PSYCHOLOGICAL CHARACTERISTICS 1. The adolescents are young and full of social excitement. 2. They like to see things happen immediately. 3. However sharp they may be, they have limited experience about life. 4. They manifest youthful sex drive with limited knowledge of the consequence. 10
5. Their desire to engage in social interactions heightens. 6. They want perfection in all things despite social limitations in the society. 7. Their libido is very high and they fall in and out of love incessantly. 8. Their personality attributes like interest, attitude, values and beliefs develop. 9. Their loyalty to their peers heightens while they repudiate constituted authorities. 10. They prepare for adult responsibilities like courtship, jobs and marriage. 11. They look for jobs even when they are least qualified to get them. 12. They desire adult status in dressing, smoking and financial management. 13. They use slangs that are esoteric to their age-group alone. 14. They want to be addressed as MR or MS even below age 20. 15. They are too sensitive to what people say or think about them. 16. Their rooms are untidy and unorganised yet they appear radiant and cool. 17. They are emotionally tensed up due to some internal changes in them. 18. They desire a satisfactory philosophy of life in a society full of corruption, dishonesty, cheating and lying. 19. They want freedom to go out and return at will without any question, to own their personal rooms and be financially independent. 11
20. They now operate within the laws of cooperation rather than the letters of the law. 21. They are fault- finders and they criticise the adults a lot. 22. They are often rebellious against established authorities. 23. They are extremely afraid to reveal their secrets, thoughts, worries and feelings to the adults. 24. Keniston (1970) asserted that they are neither psychological adolescents nor sociological adults because they fall in to a psychological no man's land. FACTORS AFFECTING ADOLESCENT'S CHARACTERISTI CS DIET: Good diet can enhance the expected increase in height, size and weight while impoverished diet can mar or stagnate it. Physical agility and the bubbling energy will be at their lowest ebb if the adolescent is not provided adequate and well -nourished diet. It is worthy of note that the adolescent worries less about the quality of the available food but he is more concerned about the quantity so much as he is rest assured to serve himself times without number. The female counterpart
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