How Adolescents Are Responsible For Their Own Identity

1427 WordsMay 9, 20166 Pages
It was always thought that adolescents are responsible for who they are in developing their own identity but according to the Journal of Research and Adolescence, parents play a huge role in their children’s identity formation. Parents have found ways to influence their children’s identity but exposing them to environments that can serve some form of vision, or quest, of what they hope their children can become and how they will see themselves as. This can be quiet difficult to achieve due to the complex socio-cultural, psychological dynamics and ethical concerns that is associated with adolescent identity. Depending on the adolescent’s culture and upbringing some adolescents have a goal to never turn out or become what either of their…show more content…
If the child knows that they have choices, rather than just being told what to do on a daily basis, they will begin to understand that they are a “separate person” with their own opinions and voices that matter. If children grow up with the idea that they can make decisions to create a life that works for them, the critical process of identity-building is underway. But when parents continually intervene and deny them the opportunity to determine personal preferences those children are not able to grow into teenagers who are comfortable becoming separate human beings (Jones, 2011). The changes that adolescents go through during puberty begins from the ages of 9 to 15 years of age for boys and 7 to 13 for girls. Every person is different from when puberty begins to when it ends. Hormonal activity is running ramped during these changes. This is basically preparing the body to behave in a certain way once puberty begins and thus also triggering certain behavioral and physical changes. In this stage of life, the child develops other sex characteristics such as developing breasts and widening hips in girls and developing facial hair and deepening voices for boys. In both boys and girls, the development of body hair and pubic hair is present as well as an increased development of sweat glands. The development of breast buds, in girls, occurs at around 10 years of age in about 85% of girls
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