Adolescent Devlopment

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Adolescence; Chapters 1-3

In the early history, philosophers had different views on the development of adolescences. According to Greece philosopher, Plato believed childhood years should spend their time on activities like sports and music. Plato thought that adolescence should be more involved in scientific subject; whereas Aristotle (another Greece philosopher) was straighter to the point. He was a scientist who examined all scientific aspects of nature. He felt like there was a scientific reason why adolescence development of self determination is similar to contemporary views. For example, in present times there are still comments made with stereotyping adolescence, such as “the younger generation think they know everything“. (W.Santrock) Adolescence is already put into a generalization gap.

By middle ages a (French philosopher) Jean Jacque Rousseau, offer another theory that Childhood and adolescence are not the same. He felt that feeding the curiosity of adolescence was a positive strategy. Rousseau felt that the age group fifteen through twenty was the more mature; they had a science of making rational decisions. But that was just speculations, because the scientific reasoning on the development of adolescence did not begin until the twentieth century. (W.Santrock)

Although adolescence can fall into the categories of both youth and maturity, it does not explain the biological, cognitive, and socioemotional process of adolescence. Adolescence is that part of one’s life, which he/she will never forget, because it plays a big role in the formation of who that person will become. Take in consideration that nature and nurture plays a big role in a child’s development.

It is quite normal for parents to think they know their children. In fact, what they know in most cases are their child’s external behavior. Anything which does not fit into society or the parent’s idea of a child’s...
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