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Ch 67: Development in the Adolescence Years

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Watch this chapter's video lessons to strengthen your knowledge of adolescent development. Explore the physical, sexual and emotional changes adolescents go through and the factors that shape their identities.

Development in the Adolescence Years - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, our professional instructors cover the many forms of growth and development that young people go through during the years of adolescence. You'll examine physical, mental and social changes that occur during this stage of life.

The video lessons also refresh your memory of the varied factors that affect adolescent development. You will take a look at the different experiences of females and males, as well. After studying the chapter's lessons, you should be able to:

  • Describe physical growth and sexual development in adolescents
  • Understand cognitive development and changes that occur in adolescence
  • Discuss adolescent social development and identity formation
  • Explain David Elkind's theory of adolescent egocentrism
  • Recognize how gender, peers, and school affect adolescent development
  • Identify mental illnesses that may impact children and adolescents
  • Describe the adjustment difficulties adolescents face
  • Explain how families influence adolescents' personal values

To check your understanding of these adolescent development topics, you can take our short multiple-choice quizzes that accompany each lesson. Before you do, however, be sure to take advantage of the multiple tools we offer to enhance your study time. After watching a video lesson all the way through, use our video tags to go back and review major points. We also provide transcripts with our lessons, and many of them contain links to text lessons with more details about key terms.

11 Lessons in Chapter 67: Development in the Adolescence Years
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Physical Growth in Adolescence

1. Physical Growth in Adolescence

Adolescents go through many physical changes. Watch this lesson to find out some of the physical developments that happen during adolescence, including those related to puberty, growth spurts and gender differences in growth.

Sexual Development and Maturation of the Adolescent

2. Sexual Development and Maturation of the Adolescent

In this lesson, explore the changes that take place during puberty. You will meet Dick and Jane as they experience these changes, and you will be able to test your knowledge with a quiz at the end.

Cognitive Development in Children and Adolescents

3. Cognitive Development in Children and Adolescents

If you were to observe children growing into their teenage years, you would notice their thinking and understanding develops over time. In this lesson, you will learn about the specific stages of mental growth in children and adolescents as outlined by Jean Piaget.

Changes in Cognitive Development During Adolescence

4. Changes in Cognitive Development During Adolescence

Adolescence is a period of great change. Changes in the way teenagers think can cause them to do things like argue with adults. Watch this lesson for more information on the cognitive changes that occur in adolescence.

Social Development of Adolescents: Identity

5. Social Development of Adolescents: Identity

Adolescents often go through a process of discovering what they believe and who they are. In this lesson, we will examine how a teenager develops his or her self concept and identity. We will also take a look at common factors that influence a teen's identity.

Elkind's Theory of Adolescent Egocentrism

6. Elkind's Theory of Adolescent Egocentrism

Parents of teenagers often complain that their kids are self-centered. In this lesson, we'll examine psychologist David Elkind's theory of adolescent egocentrism, including what it is and how it impacts the way teenagers think.

Gender Differences in Adolescent Development

7. Gender Differences in Adolescent Development

Adolescence is a time of growth and change. Some of these changes are different in boys and girls, though. In this lesson, we'll examine gender differences in emotional and brain development during adolescence.

Peers, Schools, and Adolescent Development

8. Peers, Schools, and Adolescent Development

Adolescence is a time of change for most people. In this lesson, we'll look at the changes that occur in adolescence, including why peer groups become so important to teenagers and how school affects development.

Mental Health Development During Childhood and Adolescence

9. Mental Health Development During Childhood and Adolescence

Some mental illnesses can show up at any point in a person's life, but some first occur during specific stages of lifespan development. In this lesson, we'll look closer at some disorders that appear in childhood, adolescence, and old age.

Problems with Adjustment in Adolescence

10. Problems with Adjustment in Adolescence

Adolescence is a time of lots of changes, which can cause a lot of stress in a teen's life. In this lesson, we'll look at adjustment and maladaptive behaviors in adolescence, including how each manifests in teens' lives.

Family Values and Relationships in Adolescence

11. Family Values and Relationships in Adolescence

During adolescence, teens begin to figure out who they are and what their beliefs are. In this lesson, we'll look at how family values and relationships with family members can influence adolescents' individual values and development.

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