Adolescence Is A Form Of Social Rejection

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Adolescence is a period of clear gains in intelligence and cognitive skills and one of intense emotions and impulsive behavior (Johnson & de Haan, 2015). We experience a higher sensitivity to rejection during this time and place great importance of peer relationships (Masten et al., 2009). Frequent experiences of social rejection have been linked with lasting somatic, psychosomatic, and internalizing disorders (Wolke & Lereya, 2015), such as depression and anxiety (Rigby, 2000; as cited in Masten et al., 2009). Educators and researchers alike have attempted to intervene in hopes of reducing antisocial behaviors like bullying, a form of social rejection. In this paper, I will (1) go over what adolescence is and broad developmental changes during this period; (2) affective causes of social rejection; (3) some effects of social rejection during adolescence; and lastly (4) some concluding statements and future directions.

Adolescence and broad changes during this period

According to Crone and Dahl (2011), adolescence is a transition phase between childhood and adulthood. They, and many other researchers (e.g, Arnett, 2015), do not believe that the beginning and end have clear cut boundaries. Somewhat helpfully, a general range of adolescence has been agreed upon in the literature and is between the ages of 9 and 19; this uses the onset of pubertal maturation as a marker. Johnson and de Haan (2015) and others have remarked that it is a time that involves a “significant
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