Adolescence Declaration Of Independence

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The word adolescent comes from the Latin adolescere, meaning to “grow into maturity”. To many people it means the time when they become an adult. Everybody goes through adolescence, how they experience it is a different matter. The question that is being asked “is adolescence necessarily a time of storm and stress”. In this essay there are many different points of view. There are arguments for and against; they range from body image to identity to culture to independence. As an adolescent, the body undergoes many changes, not only does the adolescent’s physical appearance change dramatically in terms of height and weight, but he or she begins to experience the physical and hormonal changes leading to sexual maturation. Evidence suggests that…show more content…
Adolescents may not really want to cut the parental ties, but the adults on the other hand may have problems with their child becoming independent. (Bandura 1972 in Gross 1992). A Childs personality may decide whether they are going to be independent or not. Up until the child starts puberty they do not really have any major problems, but when they start the puberty stage their identification with same sex parent is weakened, but their dependence on the opposite sex parent strengthens. (Freud and daughter in Gross 1992). On the other hand a teenager could cut all parental ties and become more dependent on their friends, as their friends could be going through similar experiences and their parents may describe their behaviour as “just going through a stage”(Offer et al 1981, in Gross). However if an adolescent is going through a family crisis at the time of puberty for example, a divorce between their parents, then the pressure on the teenager will intensify. (Rutter et al 1976 in Gross). This may cause the teenager to become more independent as they may resent their parents, for getting divorced, and leave home. The family, in which an adolescent is living in at the time of puberty, can make a difference to how a teenager handles puberty. “Puberty is characterized by accelerated physical growth and intense psycho-social adjustment” (Mattson 6). Rapid transitions begin to take place, and their bodies start to transform. Boys commence to develop later than girls, causing stress due to identity quandaries. Hormonal changes are also a part of the development in adolescence. It is proven that the times of hormonal changes or other biological changes are influenced by social, cultural and psychological factors (Lerner 36). The basic process of development in adolescence is proven through these changing relations. Emotionally there are many challenges that
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