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What makes a
Middle Adolescence (ages 15-18)
Middle Childhood (ages
Adolescence (ages 11-14)
Below are characteristics of the
"typical" child during the developmental stage of middle adolescence (ages 15-18). Children's
progression through all stages of adolescence is determined not only by biological growth and
change, but also by temperament and personality, adult expectations, the child's
environment, and social
Most youth have entered or
Less variation in levels of
growth and sexual development.
Many youth have achieved their
full adult height and other adult physical development
Major broadening of thinking
abilities for many youth: can think abstractly and
hypothetically; can discern the underlying principles of various
phenomena and apply them to new situations; and can think about
the future, considering many possibilities and logical outcomes
of possible events.
ability can result in increased empathy and concern for others,
and new interest in societal issues for many.
Less egocentric with age.
Increased emphasis on abstract values and moral principles.
Increased ability (for some) to
take another's perspective; can see the bigger societal picture
and might value moral principles over laws: "principled"
Different rates of cognitive and
emotional development. For example, often advocates for specific
values and violates them at the same time.
Process of identity formation is
intense. Experimentation with different roles: looks, sexuality,
values, friendships, ethnicity, and especially occupations.
Some girls might experience
obsessive dieting or eating disorders, especially those who have
higher body fat, are chronically depressed, or who have highly
conflicted family relationships.
Minority youths might explore
several patterns of identity formation:
Psychological and Emotional Traits
For some, increased ability to
empathize with others; greater vulnerability to worrying,
depression, and concern for others, especially among girls.
Many show an increase in
Relationship to Parents and Other Adults
Conflicts with parents often
decreases with age.
Greater interest in taking on
"adult-type" responsibilities (own checking account, doing own
laundry, buying own clothes, cooking meals, making repairs,
Commonly makes most of own
decisions, preparing for eventual family.
Needs balance between time spent
with adults and with peers.
Continue to benefit from some
parental limits and monitoring, while often objecting to them.
Common conflicts over money,
curfews, chores, appearance, and activities with peers.
Peers help youth explore and
develop own identity.
Cross-gender friendships become
Antisocial peer groups can
increase antisocial behaviors.
Close friendships help youth
with process of developing an individual identity separate from
that of a child in a family.
Middle Childhood and Adolescent Development, Oregon State
University Extension Service.
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75% of Young Americans are Unfit for Military Duty ~
The latest Army
statistics show a stunning 75 percent of military-age youth are
ineligible to join the military because they are
overweight, can't pass
entrance exams, have dropped
out of high school or had
run-ins with the law.
Brain Changes Significantly After Age 18
~ In a study aimed at identifying how and when a person's brain
reaches adulthood, the scientists have learned that, anatomically,
significant changes in brain structure continue after age 18.
Confusion or Clarity? Youth Culture at the Crossroads
If we care about kids, where
they are, and where they're
got to look with them at the signposts that are catching their
attention and leading them along in life. They serve as
signposts for us as well, pointing the way to a land of crisis that
is in desperate need of spiritual relief aid. Here are three
troubling signposts -- all getting bigger, increasingly attractive,
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Deadly teen auto crashes show a pattern
~ More than two-thirds of fatal single-vehicle teen crashes involved
nighttime driving or at least one passenger age 16 to 19. Nearly
three-fourths of the drivers in those crashes were male. And
16-year-old drivers were the riskiest of all. Their rate of
involvement in fatal crashes was nearly five times that of drivers
ages 20 and older, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway
Growing Up ~ Every
generation shares fundamental truths. Every generation must
face the reality that this life does not deliver on its promises.
And every generation shares the human heart: we are rebels.
Inside the Teen Brain ~
How science may help to explain the mysteries of the teen years.
Protecting the Health and Safety of Working
Teenagers ~ Working more
than 20 hours per week is associated with increased rates of
emotional distress, substance abuse and early onset of sexual
activity in high school students.