Social Development And Journey Towards Autonomy

876 WordsAug 14, 20154 Pages
In 2009, I decided I wanted to be on birth control, even though I did not fully know my body or complete family history. Soon after, I suffered from a Pulmonary Embolism, a blood clot in my lung. The shortness of breath and severe agonizing chest pains were almost too horrible to bare. My life almost came to a screeching halt. It was then I found out my family suffered from a genetic disorder and my mother realized we needed more open communication. Having open communication with in the family positively influenced our family structure, in ways I could never have imagined. Now I felt safe and secure in asking my mother everything; sex, love, school, whatever it be. Parent and child relationships are a key factor in an adolescences’ social development and journey towards autonomy. Our textbook, Exploring Lifespan development (Berk, 2010), states that “teenagers still need guidance and protection from dangerous situations. In diverse ethnic groups and cultures, warm, supportive parenting that grants young people freedom to explore while making appropriate demands for maturity fosters autonomy, […] favorable self-esteem, and ease of separation in the transition to college” (p. 329). Open discussion with the family and adequate education are necessary to helping adolescents achieve a high standard of sexual education and autonomy. It is at this point in my life that I met my, now husband, Joseph. Before writing my paper, I put together my video photo collage and after
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