The Growth And Development Of Adolescence : Reviving Ophelia

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During the course of FCS 212 we were required to read three books regarding the growth and development of adolescence; Reviving Ophelia by Mary Pipher, Ph.D., Boys Adrift by Leonard Sax, M.D., Ph.D., and The Teenage Brain by Frances E. Jensen, M.D. with Amy Ellis Nutt. Each book was for a different audience because they’re all discussing different topics but they all discuss the growth and development of adolescences in our society.
Reviving Ophelia discusses the different types of scenarios Dr. Pipher faced in her practice with teenage girls. The teenage girls would seek out counseling because they had faced a tragic event and Dr. Pipher served each girl and reported in the book about her experience(s). Boys Adrift discusses teenage boys and how they face social situations. The Teenage Brain discusses both male and female teenagers and goes into more of a psychological aspect of teenage development. Similarly, both teenage boys and girls struggle with decision making and the impulse of wanting to make an “adult decision.” “In other words, it takes longer for adolescents to figure out when not to do something.” (The Teenage Brain, pg. 55) Teenagers are vulnerable to learning the “wrong” things because they’re curious about the world and sometimes this will get them in trouble. Both male and female teenagers are wanting to be their own people and make their own decisions but often don’t want to face the consequences. “Self-feeling, ambition, exaggeration, and excess – they…
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