Professional Philosophy of Early Childhood Education

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Nina Chem
Cdev.21 Tues&Thurs.
2-3:30
12/4/2012
Adolescent Reflection
1. What do you consider to be the most harmful for adolescents…. binge drinking, drug addiction or anorexia nervosa? Why? Explain your choice in a minimum of five sentences. I consider the most harmful for adolescents is binge drinking. As children move from adolescence to young adulthood, they encounter dramatic physical, emotional, and lifestyle changes. Developmental transitions, such as puberty and increasing independence, have been associated with alcohol use. So in a sense, just being an adolescent may be a key risk factor not only for starting to drink but also for drinking dangerously. Whatever it is that leads adolescents to binge drinking, once they start they face a number of potential health risks. Although the severe health problems associated with harmful alcohol use are not as common in adolescents as they are in adults, studies show that young people who drink heavily may put themselves at risk for range of potential health problems. 2. Define adolescent egocentrism. Give three examples of egocentric fantasies or fables. Adolescent egocentrism is teens and older twin’s belief that others are highly attentive to their behavior and appearance. That is, egocentric adolescent believe that eyes are on them. Adolescent egocentrism is developmentally normal. In other words, teens and older twins can no more by stopping themselves from being egocentric than an infant can fix their inability to speak. Adolescent egocentrism usually appears around 11 or 12 years of age. Here are 3 examples of fable:

The first one is the imaginary audience and personal fable seems to capture what have been viewed as typical fact of adolescent behavior. For example, self-consciousness and conformity to the peer group in regard to appearance can be understood as resulting from the belief that other (i.e., the imaginary audience) is always watching and judging. Feeling of isolation and...
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