Adolescents: Human Growth Development

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Adolescent Years
Allison Cain
Northeast Texas Community College

PSYCH 2314: Human Growth & Development
Professor Ubinger
October 10, 2012

Adolescent Development
Adolescent years are the years you find yourself; you make decisions and encounter experiences from those decisions that will be what ultimately determines who you are; your self-definition. You become more and more independent of your family and more dependent on your peers, having more close trusting relationships with friends than before. These relationships with your peers is what will get you through your adolescent years, sharing similar feelings and situations; relying on their support and understanding more so than your family. However family still maintains an important role in most adolescents’ lives, there is an incomparable sense of understanding with your peers. I was able to get to know a young man; his name, as well as some personal, descriptive details has been changed for anonymity as he was very open and shared some very intimate feelings and situations he has faced, without hesitation. For the purpose of this observation experiment, we will call him Jacob. Jacob is a seventeen year old senior at Hughes Springs High School in Hughes Springs, Texas. Jacob is six foot two and weighs a hundred and eighty three pounds, with an athletic build; very active in football, basketball and cross country track. Residing with his mother and adoptive stepfather, he plans to apply to Texas Tech University; with a long-term goal of one day becoming an off shore rig welder.

During adolescent years adolescents face the Identity vs. Role Confusion stage in Erikson’s Theory of Development; Erikson believed that it is in this stage that adolescents try to answer life questions of who they are and what their place in the world is; yearning to have a sense of belonging and purpose. Jacob said it has taken him a while to answer the question “Who is Jacob?” he has faced and...
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