By Benjamin B. Wolman
Integrating varied clinical facts, this e-book relates the organic as opposed to psychosocial features of formative years. suitable facts from clinical literature were pulled jointly right into a systematic presentation of the organic and psychosocial problems with modern youth. half I describes the organic and sociopsychological developmental techniques; half II specializes in the distinct difficulties of up to date youngsters; half III analyzes the factors of the issues and discusses tentative treatments. Written for psychologists, psychiatrists, sociologists, and anthropologists.
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Extra resources for Adolescence: Biological and Psychosocial Perspectives (Contributions in Psychology)
Perhaps the term "conflict" is inappropriate for the last adolescent-parent encounter. It is rather an inevitable process of growing distance between what the parents expect and what the adolescents can accomplish in their move toward adulthood. As Bios (1979) put it, the conflict between the generations is essential for the growth of the individual and perhaps for human civilization. Some parents wish to believe that their offspring will perpetuate society and the parental sociocultural set of values (Bengtson and Troll, 1978), but many parents accept the separation.
Their attitudes change frequently, from harsh criticism of the adult society, to glorification of themselves and their idols, to severe self-criticism and feelings of helplessness and nothingness. Sometimes they believe themselves to be brilliant and glamorous, and sometimes they view themselves as physically and mentally immature creatures. Most often they are self-centered, highly concerned with their appearance and with the impression they make on others. Sometimes adolescent 32 Patterns of Development boys and girls believe themselves to be invulnerable, supreme beings that should attract everyone's attention and respect, and at the same time they may be painfully self-conscious and aware of true or imagined shortcomings (Bios, 1979; Erikson, 1968; Jessor, 1984; Lerner and Foch, 1987; Steinberg, 1985).
Schoolage children may be profoundly involved with their parents and at the same time form strong ties with one or a few close friends. Children's cliques develop various degrees of loyalty to one another and especially to the leader of the clique, and quite often the inner group bond leads to a hostile attitude toward outsiders. Some of the children's peer groups develop a secret language and have their own secret hideout unknown to parents and teachers. Belonging to a peer group gives their members the feeling of outgrowing childhood dependence on parents and, in many instances, gives the illusion of being independent and adult (Lerner and Shea, 1982; Youniss and Smollar, 1985).