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Adolescence Psychology

The three kinds of problems that are more common during adolescence than childhood or adulthood is "conflict or rule breaking" with parents, "mood swings" and "depression". Why do you suppose these are more common among adolescent teenagers?

Are peers especially important to an adolescent? If so why are peers that important to an adolescent?

Is it true that if an adolescent is lonely, depressed, worried, they tend to express these concerns in ways characteristic of their sex gender?

How are boys different from girls in the way they express their concerns?

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During adolescence, a child begins going through various types of physical, emotional, and mental changes. They are trying to assert their independence from their parents, trying to fit in with peers, they begin to try different looks and identities, and they begin to think on more abstract and rational terms. Because they are beginning to develop their own moral code, there are many times they may disagree with what parents are saying, even though in the past, they were willing to conform to please their parents (1).

Because this is the time when there are so many changes going on in a child's life, they may have mood swings, which can consist of feeling up one day and down the next, and is sometimes common due to changes. During this time, an adolescent may experience a change of friends, peer pressure, struggling with identity, feel pressure about grades or school activities such as sports, and sometimes feel overwhelmed and lonely. ...

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The expert discusses why adolescent's experience mood swings, depression, and conflict with parents. Also discusses why peers are important to adolescents, and how boys and girls differ in how they handle stress.