March 4th, 2013
"When they were young teenagers, most of the participants had fairly healthy behaviors. What's really alarming is how rapidly healthy practices declined by the time the participants reached young adulthood." — Christine Bachrach ("Adolescence Quotes | Quotes about Adolescence", n.d.). Adolescence is a time to dramatic change, challenges, and growth, it is a miraculous that anyone survives. The experience of adolescence has not changed much until recently because of the access to technology. Prior to this adolescence was a predictable period of growth, a rite of passage for many young people. What it feels like to be an adolescent
Adolescence is a time of self-discovery; it is a time when one challenges authority to gauge the response of one’s parents or guardians. This is also a time when we are testing the bonds of our friendships. As a military brat, this was an especially frustrating time as the stability of a hometown and life-long friendships did not exist. Culture paled an important role during this period as well; you see in a Japanese household, there was no such thing as adolescence, one behaved in a manner that did not bring dishonor to the house. This way of thinking seemed to work well while my family was stationed overseas, however, once we came back to the states, and we settled in California, adolescence was a strange mix of searching for independence and defending my families honor. Milestones were reached, biologically, physically, and mentally, I can note that birth order mattered as well. As the middle child, I was a little more independent; I obtained my first job at 14 a year before my brother, although he excelled academically.
Specific changes that have the greatest effect on personality and how they relate to factual material reported in the text
Puberty in itself has the greatest effects on an adolescent’s...