Adolescence/Becoming an adult - The changing of the human body from child to adult.
  • Adolescence in some societies is known as the period where one must prove themselves worthy of being an adult and taking on the responibilites of adulthood.
  • Some may have to be initiated into adulthood to prove that there are ready for the challenges ahead.
Lets say young boy/girl who belongs to a certain tribe in africa, them may have to go through involves a circumcision of males and sometimes genital mutilation of females as well.
  • Even though this concept and act is not accepted in some other cultures.
Shan boy undergoing Poy Sang Long initiation
Shan boy undergoing Poy Sang Long initiation

  • Many adults do not understand/abide by why teenages act the way they do because their teenage years did not help show them the difficulties of today's teenagers.
  • Some find what teenagers of today do and how they act to be unmoral/unjust.
  • Adults believe that teenagers should set examples for the younger generations and show how they can make older foke proud of the up coming generations to take care of them.
  • But then again, many adults admire teenagers for their fashions, music, social activities and moral values.
  • Adults who admire younger peoples envy them because of the physical activities that they can preform that may be too physical for lets say a man in his 50's.
  • Young people also help adults continue to be connected to the world in a much "larger" way because it is outside their own experience.

How teens view temselves.
  1. Accept your Appearance and sex rolls.
  2. Make friends.
  3. Become emotionally independent.
  4. Also Become economically independent.
  5. Pick a Job/Jobs.
  6. Become socially competant.
  7. Socially Responible.
  8. Preparing for marriage + family.
  9. Aquiring Values.
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Puberty: The Physical changes that ouccur in the body of kids that are becoming teenagers. <= Check it Out!!
  • Hormones are releasted in the body that start up external/internal changes in the body. The changes that occur in both males and females are much different. <= Woo Dude!
  • Females seem to grow slighty faster and develop sooner than males do. Females develop wider hips and their breats get bigger along with starting their menstral periods.
  • Males start to develop broader shoulder and more muscle tissue.
  • Teenagers seem to view themselves during puberty to be reaching for the ideal "look".
  • Adolscance seem to get very self-concious when one of the body part grows alittle bigger than the rest of the body. But once the individual has gone through puberty, they should see that the grow into everything just nicely.
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Males are seen to become the sronger that titaium, while females are seen to become flawless and stunning. When in reality, this can really never come true.

Old Age

Old age is the last stage in the human lifespan. Like all stages of life, old age comes with both physical and mental changes. The perception of old age varies from culture-culture. In North America, old age is feared due to the high cultural value placed on youthfulness and the fear of death. On the contrary, most oriental cultures perceive the elderly to be knowledgeable and experienced.

Lifestyle Changes:
The later years of life come with many lifestyle changes. These changes commonly include: retirement, widowhood, health issues. Retirement often results in lessened income and reduced responsibilities. The loss of a spouse can bring grief and isolation. Health issues cause a loss of independence. Vulnerability to the lifestyle changes of old age varies on an individual’s ability to adjust.

Mental Changes:
As a person becomes of old age intelligence and memory declines, but not as much as most assume. Old people are thought to have a high crystallized intelligence (ability to apply accumulated knowledge to current situations). All the lifestyle changes of old age can cause extreme depression.

Stereotypes of Old Age:
• Old people are all alike.
• Old people are unproductive.
• Old people can’t learn.
• Old people are boring.
• Old people are grouchy.
• Old people are set in their ways.
• Old people take from society.
• Old people suffer from poor health.


Richard A. Kasschau, PH.D. Understanding Psychology.
Ohio: Glencoe/McGraw-Hill, 1995.