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University of North Texas Adolescence Discussion


Welcome to discussion board #6! Our content this week will be covering Chapter 6: Adolescence.

Adolescence is a period that begins with puberty and ends with the transition to adulthood (approximately ages 10-18). Physical changes associated with puberty are triggered by hormones. Changes happen at different rates in distinct parts of the brain and increase adolescents’ propensity for risky behavior. Identity formation occurs as adolescents explore and commit to different roles and ideological positions. Because so much is happening in these years, psychologists & sociologists have focused a great deal of attention on the period of adolescence.

Answer & respond to the following promp(s) below:

  1. At what point during your adolescence did you begin to feel like an adult? What was happening in your life? What were the circumstances that brought it? Were you prepared for ‘adulthood’? Do you still feel as if you are preparing for ‘adulthood’? Yes/no, why?
  2. On page 233 our text states: “In adolescence, teens continue to develop their self-concept. Their ability to hink of the possibilities and to reason more abstractly may explain the further differentiation of the self during adolescence.” (Of the two questions below, choose one that you would like to respond to)
    1. Erikson believed that the primary psychosocial task of adolescence was establishing an identity. What did the process of ‘establishing an identity’ look like for you? During your adolescent years how would you respond to the question, “How would you describe yourself?”, Did you have a high self-esteem? A low self-esteem? Why?
    2. Summarize the three stages of ethnic identity development (page 236). What is your ethnicity? Do you relate with Phinney’s model of ethnic identity formation? If so, which stage do you relate with (page 236 of our text)? Is your experience unique to your ethnicity? Why or why not? Be specific.

As always, I look forward to reading your responses! You will need to make an initial post (at least 500 words) to the assigned prompt.


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