Adolescent Interview Essay

1282 WordsNov 15, 20106 Pages
Adolescent Interview Teenage years can be a challenging time for many individuals. Beginning at the age of 11 through 20, adolescence is defined as a “transitional period in the human life span, linking childhood and adulthood” (Santrock 2009). At this point, the person is no longer a child, but not yet an adult. This makes it a very critical and sensitive time frame for identity formation. According to Erik Erikson, adolescence is marked by the child’s questioning his or her identity during what he refers to as the identity versus identity confusion developmental stage. During this phase, the adolescent becomes mindful of his or her identity and seeks his or her purpose in life, as well as the answer to the eternal question, “who…show more content…
They are all currently freshmen at Warren Township High School. Some of the subjects they are studying include biology, English, geometry, history, and health. Although at times they are overwhelmed with the amount of homework from each class, they are still able to keep up and maintain above average grades. All of their peers, including those with the same age in their neighborhood currently go to school. After high school, they all plan on going to college and major in nursing, much like their mothers, father and older siblings. Based on their responses, their current identity status is that of foreclosure. This is because their mother, father and other siblings are nurses, and so they feel compelled or pressured to continue the nursing tradition in their families. They all admitted to not have experienced a crisis yet, nor being in the midst of one. The five teenagers that I interviewed do not currently work. Their main focus is school, as it should be. However, they stated that if given the opportunity, they would like to take up a job so that they could start saving money for themselves and to help out their families with their expenses. They do not seem to have too many responsibilities given to them by their parents, aside from doing household chores and maintaining decent grades in school. Even though their parents allowed them with some autonomy, they do not take this for granted. They still obtain permission
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