Definition of Adolescent Development

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Definition of Adolescent development:
The development of children ages 12 through 19 years old is expected to include predictable physical and mental milestones.

Derived from the Latin verb adolescere (to grow into maturity), adolescence is the period of transition from childhood to adulthood. Adolescent is a distinct and dynamic phase of development in the life of an individual. It is a period of transition from childhood to adulthood and is characterized by spurts of physical, mental, emotional and social development. WHO considers "adolescence" to be the period between 10-19 years of age, which generally encompasses the time from the onset of puberty of the full legal age.

During adolescence, children develop
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When adolescents are supported and encouraged by caring adults, they thrive in unimaginable ways, becoming resourceful and contributing members of families and communities. School and teachers play a very significant role in facilitating the growth and development of adolescents. Hence it is critical for schools and teachers to understand the various physical, social and psychosocial changes that occur in an individual during this period and ways to deal and help him/her navigate successfully through this stage.

Some of the important adolescence problems and worries are briefly described underneath:

1. Becoming Independent: J.A.Hadfield (1962) is of the view, “when we speak of adolescent as growing up we mean that the youth is leaving behind the phase of protective childhood and is becoming independent. 2. Age of ideals: Jean Piaget defines adolescence as, “the age of great ideals and the beginning of theories as well as the time of simple adaptation to life” 3. Health and Adolescence: Adolescence is physically a very critical phase. Various ailments that often manifest themselves are anaemia, nosebleed, nervousness, palpitation of heart etc. 4. Sex and Adolescence: The onset of adolescence is marked by development of sexual and reproductive organs, onset of menstruation etc. which are physically too many issues for an


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