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Ch 5: Human Growth & Development in Adolescence

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Increase your knowledge of cognitive development in adolescence, Kohlberg's theory of moral development, and more. These lessons on human growth and development in adolescence can help you prepare for a class project or get ready to ace an exam.

Human Growth & Development in Adolescence - Chapter Summary

The lessons in this chapter provide an overview of human growth and development. You can review how gender identity develops, why teenagers take risks, and the influence of family values during this stage of life. You can also gain a clearer understanding of maladaptive behaviors in adolescence. After completing the chapter, you should be prepared to:

  • Discuss characteristics of each stage of adolescence
  • Explain Piaget's cognitive development theory
  • List the stages of morality in Kohlberg's theory of moral development
  • Describe Gilligan's theory of moral development
  • Relate how teenagers develop their self concept
  • Discuss the development of sexual orientation in adolescence
  • Explain the effect of brain development on risky behavior in teenagers
  • Recount issues associated with being sexually active in adolescence

These lessons help you comprehend human growth and development, and our instructors provide plenty of helpful illustrations. You can study all the lessons in order, or just the topics you need to review most. A brief quiz is available for each lesson to test your knowledge, and you can print the quizzes for use as an offline study tool.

10 Lessons in Chapter 5: Human Growth & Development in Adolescence
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What Is Adolescence? - Definition, Stages & Characteristics

1. What Is Adolescence? - Definition, Stages & Characteristics

Did you know that there are three stages of adolescence? Learn more about adolescence, its stages, and the characteristics of each stage. Then test your knowledge with a quiz.

Cognitive Development in Adolescence: Piaget's Formal Operations Stage

2. Cognitive Development in Adolescence: Piaget's Formal Operations Stage

As children grow into teenagers, they become better at higher level thinking skills. In this lesson, we'll look at the formal operations stage of psychologist Jean Piaget's cognitive development theory to learn how adolescents think.

Kohlberg's Theory of Moral Development in Adolescence

3. Kohlberg's Theory of Moral Development in Adolescence

The way people think about what is right and what is wrong changes as they grow up. Watch this lesson to find out about Lawrence Kohlberg's theory of moral development, including what it is and its main stages of morality.

Gilligan's Theory of Moral Development in Adolescent Girls

4. Gilligan's Theory of Moral Development in Adolescent Girls

Morality views can change throughout the lifespan. But are these changes different for boys and girls? In this lesson, we'll examine critiques of Kohlberg's theory of moral development as well as Gilligan's alternative theory.

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.

Gender Identity in Adolescent Development

6. Gender Identity in Adolescent Development

During adolescence, teens become more and more aware of their sexuality and what it means to be part of their gender. In this lesson, we'll explore how gender identity and sexual orientation develop in adolescence.

Family Values and Relationships in Adolescence

7. 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.

Decision Making and Risk Taking Behaviors in Adolescence

8. Decision Making and Risk Taking Behaviors in Adolescence

Teenagers often behave in reckless ways. But why? In this lesson, we'll look at how brain development leads to risky behaviors in adolescence, including the brain systems involved and the evolutionary reason for risk-taking in teenagers.

Issues Related to Sexual Behaviors in Adolescence

9. Issues Related to Sexual Behaviors in Adolescence

Adolescence is a time of great changes in a person's life, including many choices regarding sexual activity. Watch this lesson to find out about some of the issues that can come with being sexually active in adolescence.

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.

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