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Ch 10: The Development of Adolescents

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Use this chapter to review the social, cognitive and physical development of adolescents. These lessons and quizzes can be used to help you out in a course or to review material before taking an exam.

The Development of Adolescents - Chapter Summary

This chapter provides you with the opportunity to study relevant stages, theories and terms associated with adolescent development. You'll gain insight into how adolescents develop self-identity, morals and sexual development. Other lessons focus on adolescent relationships with peers and family. Once you are finished with your review of this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Identify key aspects of adolescent development
  • Note the physical, cognitive and identity changes inherent to adolescents
  • Discuss sexual development and maturation in adolescents
  • Describe the formal operations stage of Piaget's cognitive development theory
  • Detail adolescent development of self
  • Provide details about Kohlberg's theory of moral development
  • Understand the impact of peers and schools on teen social development
  • Give details about teen relationships and dating as well as family relationships and values

View the lessons from any device, at all times, and refer to them as many times as needed to ensure your full understanding of this material. Reach out to experienced instructors with any lesson-specific questions using a short online contact form. Determine your readiness in moving from one topic to the next by taking the self-assessment quizzes that come with each lesson.

11 Lessons in Chapter 10: The Development of Adolescents
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Adolescence Stage of Development: Definition & Explanation

1. Adolescence Stage of Development: Definition & Explanation

In this lesson, you will learn about the key aspects that define the stage of human development known as adolescence. Following the lesson, you will have the opportunity to test your new knowledge by taking a short quiz.

Physical Growth in Adolescence

2. 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

3. 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.

Changes in Sense of Self From Childhood to Adolescence

4. Changes in Sense of Self From Childhood to Adolescence

In this lesson, we will be exploring James Marcia's theory of identity in relation to the sense of self changing from childhood to adolescence. You'll study the four ways in which children navigate their identities into adolescence: foreclosure, moratorium, achievement, and diffusion.

Cognitive Development in Adolescence: Piaget's Formal Operations Stage

5. 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.

Changes in Cognitive Development During Adolescence

6. 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

7. 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.

Kohlberg's Theory of Moral Development in Adolescence

8. 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.

Peers, Schools, and Adolescent Development

9. 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.

Dating & Conflict in Teen Relationships

10. Dating & Conflict in Teen Relationships

In this lesson, we'll talk about romantic relationships during the teen years. We'll talk about the kinds of conflict that can happen in teen relationships and some of the consequences that arise from this.

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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