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Middle Childhood and Adolescent Development Paper
Angelia R. Monds
May 7, 2012
Kris Scott-Groves Middle Childhood and Adolescent Development Paper
The pressures associated with adolescence can originate from different sources and people. The difficulties adolescences’ may encounter may vary; peer pressure, drug use, dating, sexuality, abuse, and family dynamics can change greatly in this stage of life. Peer pressure is an intense feeling; these feelings cause people to believe he or she must do the same thing as his or her peers to fit into a particular group (Eccles, 1999). The need to feel accepted in this stage is important and can cause individuals to engage in activities he or she would not normally participate in. Peer conformity can trigger behaviors or actions not acceptable with an individuals’ upbringing or values.
When an adolescent chooses to conform to his or her peers problems can arise. Drug use can increase if adolescences’ are influenced by negative peer groups (Faircloth &Hamm, 2011). Substance abuse is an activity in which individuals’ use or abuse legal or illegal substances. Some adolescent’s are susceptible to drug use if they are influenced by bad peer groups or cannot cope with the pressures of adolescence. This can be avoided when adolescences choose peers who engage in positive activities, such as sports, academic programs, or have good relationships with their families.
When young people age they experience biological changes associated with adolescence. One of these changes is puberty. “The biological changes associated with the transition of early adolescence are marked. When the hormones controlling physical development are activated in early puberty, most children undergo a growth spurt, develop primary and secondary sex characteristics, become fertile, and experience increased sexual libido” (Eccles, 1999, p.…...

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