Middle Childhood and Adolescence

1048 Words Dec 2nd, 2012 5 Pages
Middle Childhood and Adolescence
Kierra Williams
PSY/280
October 30, 2012
Mara Husband

Middle Childhood and Adolescence Middle childhood is the period of life that occurs between the ages 7 and 11. During these times of children lives they are in school and are making many different friends, and their cognitive and physical skills are enhancing. On the other hand, middle childhood period normally introduce individuals into new sets of challenges; not only for the child but for the parents as well. After middle childhood comes the adolescence stage, this period of life children face drastic changes. This stage can range from as early as 8 years old to 18. This essay will describe changes that occur during middle childhood and
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Shared environmental influences are Children's common environmental experiences that are shared with their siblings, such as their parents’ personalities and intellectual orientation, and the neighborhood in which they live. Then there are nonshared environmental influences which is when children have distinctive experiences of their own, both within the family and outside the family, which are not shared by other siblings. Peer relations are important features of human development. In the middle childhood stage children are starting to hang around other children. Peer crowds are supported by common interest and backgrounds. Children in the middle childhood and adolescence group are extremely persuaded by their close peers; therefore accumulating positive friendships is significant during this time. When children have positive friends it is a good thing because positivity keeps the children from misbehaving. On the other hand, during the adolescence stage teens may have friends who share comparable interests. During adolescence, looks and individuality seems to be the two most significant factors. Sex is a huge epidemic in the adolescence stage as well; teens are exposed to dating and intimacy. The use of alcohol, different drugs and higher levels of negligence are a danger during adolescence, mainly if their groups of friends have been exposed to those things. Peer pressure is a negative impact among adolescents. Adolescents
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