Adolescent Stages of Development

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Adolescent Stages of Development
Adolescence is probably the most difficult period in life of every individual since it is a transitional stage between childhood and adulthood. In this period adolescents undergo significant changes in physiological, psychological and social aspects. Naturally, these changes produce a significant impact on their lifestyle, behaviour, psychology, etc.
Traditionally, adolescence is considered to start at preteens, mostly from around 9-10 years of age till 19-20 years of age. Basically, adolescence may be divided into three main stages middle childhood (8-11), early adolescence (11-14), and middle adolescence (15-18) while the last years of adolescence may be characterised as the last years when individuals
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I will be mostly focusing on talking about the middle childhood, early adolescene and middle adolescene which are the three adolescent stages of development.
Middle Childhood
The first stage when children actually start to transform into adolescents begins at preteens and lasts until 11 years of age. This stage marks the start of a fast physical growth since at this stage uneven growth of bones, muscles, and organs starts that may result in certain awkward appearance. Some children, especially girls begin puberty at this age that creates certain difficulties for them, so they need access to information about sexuality appropriate for their age.
On the cognitive level, some elements of childhood are combined with elements of adolescence. To put it more precisely, logical thinking starts to develop, though children are still have limited abstract concepts. Also they accumulate general knowledge and attempt to apply it to new tasks. As a rule they are interested in learning life skills.
At the same time, it should be said that at this age children still remain egocentric but they attempt to gain social approval and live up to the expectations of people close to them, which are basically parents, though the influence of peers is growing stronger.
Furthermore, children’s self-concept is basically shaped by relationships with parents, teachers and peers.

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