Physical Development

Topics: Adolescence, Developmental psychology, Jean Piaget Pages: 2 (819 words) Published: November 18, 2010
My age and physical development matches the adolescent’s category. Itis the period of life from about age 13 to the early twenties, during which a young person is no longer physically a child but is not yet an independent, self-supporting adult (Ciccarelli & Meyer, 2006, p.274). My numerical age and development is twenty years old. Starting in my adolescence stage, I have grown a beard, have grown taller, gained more weight and have also have developed more muscle. Cognitively, according to (Piaget, 2006, P. 275) the cognitive development is less noticeable then the physical development but still represents a major change in the way adolescents think about themselves, their peers and relationships, and the world around them. Teenagers begin to think about hypothetical situations leading to a picture of what an ideal world would be like. For example, I have applied for jobs and the job application says I need experience in that field. How do I get that job when I haven’t experienced anything that qualifies me for that job? In an ideal world a job application wouldn’t require experience in the field; it would require an interest to learn what that field will offer. Adolescence is when you start thinking outside the box, you are beginning to problem solve and you are becoming independent.

With Kohlbergs three levels of morality, I am in the level of conventional morality. The rule for conventional morality is social norms is right; and nonconformity is wrong (Kohlberg, 2006, P. 277). Even though the Wisconsin state law states the legal drinking age is 21, society’s norm is around 18. Most adolescents conform to that norm.

Has my adulthood begun? I believe that I have because I have graduated from high school which signifies to me that I am an adult. Accor ding to (Ciccarelli & Meyer, 2006, p.279) adulthood can be divided into at least three periods: young adulthood, middle age, and late adulthood. Physical changes in young adulthood are usually relatively...
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