Adolescence: Theories, Concepts and Sociocultural Influences
A review of the theories and concepts regarding adolescence as well as the sociocultural influences affecting teens.
# 152677 | 2,477 words | 5 sources | APA | 2012 |
Published on Apr 15, 2013 in Psychology (Child and Adolescent) , Child, Youth Issues (Suicide) , Child, Youth Issues (Teen, Adult Issues)
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This paper discusses three theories of adolescence that include Erik Erikson's theory of psychosocial development, Kohlberg's theory of moral development and James Marcia's theory of identity. Next, the paper addresses five concepts, that are risk taking behaviors, body image, physical changes, dating violence and suicide, and explores some of the sociocultural influences that play a role in the adolescent life stage. This paper also presents the case study of two young men who battled the challenges of adolescence and turned to murder and suicide as a means of escape from an existence they felt was no longer worth the struggle.
From the Paper:"Adolescence is an awkward and difficult life stage. It is wrought with challenges that few human beings face before or after this stage. Adolescents spend these years learning about themselves and the world around them, developing into a unique adult with their own thoughts, ideas, and attitudes. Several theories and concepts exist to explain the challenges of adolescence and to explain scenarios encountered by some teens. Aside from biological and circumstantial factors, teenagers are strongly influenced by sociocultural factors. These factors, determined by birth, social class, and other environmental circumstances, often influence and help to develop the adolescent's thoughts, ideas, attitudes, and responses, further influencing the decisions the adolescent makes and the kind of adult they choose to become. This paper discusses three theories of adolescence (psychosocial, moral, and identity), five concepts (risk taking behaviors, body image, physical changes, dating violence, and suicide), and some of the sociocultural influences that play a role in the adolescent life stage. This paper will also present the case study of two young men who battled the challenges of adolescence, and feeling they had nothing left to lose, turned to murder and suicide as a result of their perception and as a means of escape from an existence they felt was no longer worth the struggle."
Sample of Sources Used:
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