Adolescent Developmental Milestones

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Assessment of Adolescent Milestones

Physical Milestones

Question Answer
growth spurt in girls11-14 yrs
growth spurt in boys13-17 yrs
puberty in girls11-14 yrs
puberty in boys12-15 yrs
youth acclimate to changes in the bodyAdolescent Physical

Cognitive Milestones

Question Answer
Formal operations: precursors in early adolescence, more developed in middle and late adolescenceAdolescent Cognitive
Think hypothetically: calculate consequences of thoughts and actions without experiencing them; consider a number of possibilities and plan behavior accordinglyAdolescent Cognitive
Think logically: identify and reject Ho or possible outcomes based on logicAdolescent Cognitive
Think hypothetically, abstractly, logicallyAdolescent Cognitive
think about thought: leads to introspection and self-analysisAdolescent Cognitive
insight, perspective taking: understand and consider others' perspectives, and perspectives of social systemsAdolescent Cognitive
systematic problem solving: can attack a problem, consider multiple solutions, plan a course of actionAdolescent Cognitive
cognitive development is uneven, and impacted by emotionalityAdolescent Cognitive


Question Answer
Psychologically distance self from parentsyoung (12-14)
identify with peer groupyoung (12-14)
social status largely related to group membershipyoung (12-14)
social acceptance depends on conformity to observable traits or rolesyoung (12-14)
need to be independent from all adultsyoung (12-14)
ambivalent about sexual relationshipsyoung (12-14)
sexual behavior is exploratoryyoung (12-14)
friendships based on loyalty, understanding, and trustmiddle (15-17)
self-revelation is first step towards intimacymiddle (15-17)
conscious choices about adults to trustmiddle (15-17)
respect honesty & straightforwardness from adultsmiddle (15-17)
may become sexually activemiddle (15-17)
morality: golden rule; conformity with law is necessary for good of societyAdolescent social
golden rulemorality
conformity with law is necessary for good of societymorality


Question Answer
Psycho-social task is identity formationadolescent emotional
self-conscious about physical appearance and early or late developmentyoung adolescents (12-14)
body image rarely objectiveyoung adolescents (12-14)
negatively affected by physical and sexual abuseyoung adolescents (12-14)
emotionally labileyoung adolescents (12-14)
may over-react to parental questions or criticismsyoung adolescents (12-14)
engage in activities for intense emotional experienceyoung adolescents (12-14)
risky behavioryoung adolescents (12-14)
blatant rejections of parental standardsyoung adolescents (12-14)
rely on peer group for supportyoung adolescents (12-14)
examination of others' values & beliefsmiddle adolescents (15-17)
forms identity by organizing perceptions of ones attitudes, behaviors, and values into coherent "whole"middle adolescents (15-17)
identity includes positive self image comprised of cognitive and affective componentsmiddle adolescents (15-17)
additional struggles with identity formation include minority or biracial status, being an adopted child, gay/lesbian identityadolescent emotional