Adolescence Is A Transitional Period Of Physical And Psychological Development

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Adolescence is a transitional period of physical and psychological development, occurring during the period from puberty to adulthood. It is the time that is marked by several vital exploratory developmental experiences including, identity formation, development and growth. During this period adolescents are in the process of furthering social relationships, of finding their place in society, and of making important choices for their future lives. While it’s a time for tremendous growth and potential, on the path of identity, the individual encounter many challenges such as struggling with the idea of self-concept or/and self-esteem which exert powerful influences. The psychologists Erikson, Marcia, and Arnett each contributes to the theory of identity in their own context. Identity formation is a complex process that is central to life development which begins during the adolescent period and carries over to emerging adulthood.
During this stage adolescents begin to develop a sense of self and personal identity. Erikson theorized that in adolescence the main task is identity formation which involves trying alternate identities and reflect on these experiences. He believes that they are two components that are necessary for a sense of identity and identity formation. First, the individual must search for a new sense of continuity and sameness which includes sexual maturity and resolving central issues in developmental stages, second their identity must be experienced…
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