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How Development Impacts Issues Faced In Adolescence

How Development Impacts Issues Faced In Adolescence

How Development Impacts Issues Faced In Adolescence

Assignment: Berger, K. (2016). Invitation to the Life Span. New York, New York: Worth Publishers.

  1. Chose an issue that is commonly faced by adolescents. For instance you could chose to look at:  peer pressure, bullying, body image, friendships or romantic relationships, sexual identity, drug or alcohol use.
  2. In 4 pages, describe the issue, including why this issue impacts the adolescent population in particular. Discuss how themes of biological development, cognitive development, and psychosocial development of adolescence impact that issue.

For instance if you were looking at the topic of “academic difficulty during adolescence”, you would then go on to describe how aspects of biosocial development, cognitive development, and psychosocial development impact “academic difficulty during adolescence”.  Examples of this might include:

  • biosocial development (ex. brain development, sleep, nutrition),
  • cognitive development (ex. egocentrism, formal operational thought),
  • psychosocial development (ex. friendships, peer groups, relationships with adults)

Ensure that your answers are thoroughly supported by using your textbook and at least two additional scholarly sources.


  • Length: 4 pages (not including cover or reference pages), formatted in APA Style
  • APA Style Cover Page
  • APA Reference Page
  • Introductory Paragraph: setting forth a clear statement of your thesis.
  • Conclusion: a concise statement that reaffirms your thesis.
  • References: Cite your textbook as well as at least 2 other scholarly sources.

Concerns Affecting Adolescents.doc How Development Impacts Issues Faced In Adolescence

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The cognitive development of adolescents and their driving habits are currently the subjects of much study. Accidents involving motor vehicles are the biggest cause of death for adolescents, according to both the CDC (2010) and the State of California (2011)’s Department of Motor Vehicles. How Development Impacts Issues Faced In Adolescence

For this discussion, respond to the following prompts:

  • After reading about adolescent development, besides lack of skill, what are some sociocultural and cognitive factors that may play a role in teenagers’ risk-taking while driving? What factors contribute to an adolescent’s readiness to drive?
  • Based on what you have learned (and your own observations), what are your recommendations for an age when teenagers should be legally allowed to drive? Support your statements and recommendations with concepts from developmental theory and information from scholarly or other professional sources.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2010). Fatal teen crashes: The reality.
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State of California, Department of Motor Vehicles. (2011). Teenage drive crash statistics.
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Spirituality and religion can be important to adolescent development. At this stage, adolescents on the cusp of adulthood may struggle with faith and whether to believe in organized religion or a higher spiritual power. Specifically, as individuals begin to engage in critical thought, questions may arise around the ideas of, “Who is God?”, “Does God exist?”, “What is life?”, “Why are we here?”, “Why am I here?”, and “What happens when we die?” How Development Impacts Issues Faced In Adolescence

As part of identity development, adolescents become capable of critical thought, including the asking of the question, “What do I believe?” Answers to these questions can be a journey involving cognitive processing and intense emotional sensitivity. These answers may further be impacted by the influences encountered within the individual’s lives. For this reason, it is important to explore the challenges in adolescent spiritual development as well as to highlight the major theoretical frameworks that inform and shape this understanding.

In this Assignment, you analyze theoretical perspectives related to spiritual or religious development in adolescents.


Required Readings

Hutchison, E. D. (2019). Dimensions of human behavior: The changing life course (6th ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Chapter 6, “Adolescence” (pp. 189-229) How Development Impacts Issues Faced In Adolescence

Hodge, D. (2003). The challenge of spiritual diversity: Can social work facilitate an inclusive environment?Links to an external site. Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Human Services84(3), 348–358.

Submit 2- to 4-page paper in which you:

Identify and analyze a theoretical perspective on spiritual and religious development during adolescence (e.g., Fowler’s stages of faith development). How Development Impacts Issues Faced In Adolescence

Identify one to two psychological and social challenges in adolescent spiritual development.

  • Explain how exposure to beliefs or ideologies counter to an adolescent’s own family values may impact his or her moral development.

Explain the correlation of spirituality with an adolescent’s sense of well-being, life attitudes, altruism, school success, and identity development.