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Psych Ch. 16

adolescents are able to describe who they are by taking both their own and other's views into account; they can see various aspects of the self simultaneously, and this view of the self becomes more organized and coherent; they look at the self from a psychological perspective, viewing traits not as concrete entities but as abstractions; teenagers are more likely than younger children to describe themselves in terms of their ideology than in terms of physical characteristics
knowing who you are and liking who you are are two different things; although adolescents become increasingly accurate in understanding who they are this knowledge does not guarantee that they like themselves any better; in fact, their increasing accuracy in understanding themselves permits them to see themselves fully; it's what they do with these perceptions that leads them to develop a sense of their self-esteem
self-esteem for girls
their self-esteem tends to be lower and more vulnerable than that held by boys; one reason is that, compared to boys, girls tend to be more concerned about physical appearance and social success in addition to academic achievements; societal messages suggesting that female academic achievement is a roadblock to social success can put girls in a difficult bind: if they do well academically, they jeopardize their social success
self-esteem for boys
boys do have vulnerabilities of their own; society's stereotypical gender expectations may lead boys to feel that they should be confident, tough, and fearless all the time
self-esteem, SES, and race
adolescents of higher SES generally have higher self-esteem than those of lower SES, particularly during middle and later adolescence; race and ethnicity also play a role, but their impact and lessened as prejudicial treatment of minorities has eased;
race and self-esteem
African Americans and Hispanics, researchers' explained, had lower self-esteem than did Caucasians because prejudicial attitudes in society made them feel disliked and rejected, and this feeling was incorporated into their self-concepts;
the joint influence of race and gender' self-esteem may be influenced not by race alone, but by a complex combination of factors
Identity formation
according to Erik Erikson the search for identity inevitably leads some adolescents into substantial psychological turmoil as they encounter the adolescents identity crisis; Erikson's theory regarding this stage suggest teenagers try to figure out what is unique and distinctive about themselves- something they are able to do with increasing sophistication because of the cognitive gains that occur during adolescence
identity-versus-identity-confusion stage
the period during which teenagers seek to determine what is unique and distinctive about themselves; through this process, adolescents seek to understand who they are by narrowing and making choices about their personal, occupational, sexual, and political commitments
failure at identity-versus-identity-confusion stage
in Erikson's view, adolescents who stumble in their efforts to find a suitable identity may go off course in several ways; they may adopt socially unacceptable roles as a way of expressing what they do not want to be, or they may have difficulty forming and maintaining long-lasting close personal relationships; in general, their sense of self becomes "diffuse", failing to organize around a central, unified core identity
success at identity-versus-identity-confusion stage
those who are successful in forging an appropriate identity set a course that provides a foundation for future psychological development
friends and peers
during this period, adolescents increasingly rely on their friends and peers as sources of information; at the same time, their dependence on adults declines; this reliance on peers to help adolescents define their identities and learn to form relationships is the link between this stage of psycho-social development and the next stage Erikson proposed, known as intimacy-versus-isolation;
Erikson's theory
suggested that males and females move though the identity-versus-identity-confusion period differently; he argued that males are more likely to proceed through the social development stages in the order they are shown in developing a stable identity before committing to an intimate relationship with another person; he suggested that females reverse to order, seeking intimate relationships and then defining their identities though these relationships;
psychological moratorium
a period during which adolescents take time off from the upcoming responsibilities of adulthood and explore various roles and possibilities;
why some can't do psychological moratorium
some adolescents, for economic reasons, must work part time during the school year and then take hobs immediately after graduation from high school; as a result, they have little time to experiment with identities and engage in a psychological moratorium
limitations of Erikson's theory
one criticism that has been raised regarding Erikson's theory is that he uses male identity development as the standard against which to compare female identity; in particular, he saw males as developing intimacy only after they have achieved a stable identity, which is viewed as the normative pattern; to critics, Erikson's view is based on male-oriented concepts of individuality and competitiveness; psychologist Carol Gilligan has suggested that women develop identity through the establishment of relationships
Marcia's Approach to Identity Development
Using Erikson's theory as a springboard, psychologist James Marcia suggests that identity can be seen in terms of which of two characteristics- crisis or commitment- is present or absent;
a period of identity development in which an adolescent consciously chooses between various alternatives and makes decisions
psychological investment in a course of action or an ideology
identity achievement
the status of adolescents who commit to a particular identity following a period of crisis during which they consider various alternatives; teens who have reached this identity status tend to be the most psychologically healthy, and are higher in achievement motivation and moral reasoning than adolescents of any other status
identity foreclosure
the status of adolescents who prematurely commit to an identity without adequately exploring alternatives; although foreclosers are not necessarily unhappy, they tend to have what can be called "rigid strength": Happy and self-satisfied, they also have a high need for social approval and tend to be authoritarian
the status of adolescents who may have explored various identity alternatives to some degree, but have not yet committed themselves; as a consequence they show relatively high anxiety and experience psychological conflict; on the other hand, they are often lively and appealing, seeking intimacy with others; adolescents of his status typically settle on an identity, but only after something of a struggle
identity diffusion
the status of adolescents who consider various identity alternatives, but never commit to one or never even consider identity options in any conscious way; their lack of commitment impairs their ability to form close relationships; in fact, they are often socially withdrawn
MAMA cycle
some adolescents move back and forth between moratorium and identity achievement
identity, race, ethnicity
although the path to forming an identity is often difficult for adolescents, it presents a particular challenge for members of racial and ethnic groups that have traditionally been discriminated against; society's contradictory values are one part of the problem;
cultural assimilation model
theses adolescents are told that soiety should be color blind, that race oand ethnic background should not matter in terms of opportunities and achienvemnt, and that if they do achieve society will accept them
pluralistic society model
suggests that U.S. society is made up of diverse, coequal cultural groups that should preserve their individual cultural features; the pluralistic society model grew in part from the belief that the cultural assimilation model denigrates the cultural heritage of minorities and lowers their self-esteem; according to this view, then , racial and ethnic factors become a central part of adolescents; identity and are not submerged in a n attempt to assimilate into the majority culture
bicultural identity
adolescents draw from their own cultural identity while integrating themselves into the dominant culture; this view suggests that an individual can live as a member of two cultures, with two cultural identities, without having to choose one over the other
adolescent depression
more than one-fourth of adolescents report feeling so sad or hopeless for 2 or more weeks in a row that they stop doing their normal activities; almost two-thirds of teenagers say they have experienced such feelings at one time or another; on the other hand, only a small minority of adolescents- some 3%- experience major depression, a full-blown psychological disorder in which depression is severe and lingers for long periods
depression,race, ethnicity and gender
research has found gender, ethnic, and racial differences in the incidence of depression; as is the case among adults, adolescents girls, on average, experience depression more often than do boys; some studies have found that African American adolescents have higher rates of depression than White adolescents, although not all research supports this conclusion; Native Americans, too, have higher rates of depression
reasons for depression
in cases of severe, long-term depression, biological factors are often involved; although some adolescents seem to be genetically predisposed to experience depression, environmental and social factors relating to the extraordinary changes in the social lives of adolescents are also important influences;
adolescent suicide
the rate of adolescent suicide in the United States has tripled in the last30 years; 1 teenage suicide occurs every 90 minutes, for an annual rate of 12.2 suicides per 100,000 adolescents; moreover, the reported rate may actually understate the true number of suicides; parents and medical personnel are often reluctant to report a death as suicide, preferring to label it an accident
suicide for girls and boys
the rate of suicide is higher for boys than for girls, although girls attempt suicide more frequently; suicide attempts among males are more likely to result in death because the methods they us: boys tend to use more violent means, such as guns, while girls are more apt to choose the more peaceful strategy of drug overdose; some estimates suggest that there are as many as 200 attempted suicides by both sexes for every successful one
depression and suicide
depressed teenagers who are experiencing a profound sense of hopelessness are at greater risk of committing suicide
cluster suicide
one suicide leads to attempts by others to kill themselves
having independence and a sense of control over one's life;
culture and autonomy
in Western societies, which tend to value individualism, adolescents seek autonomy at a relatively early stage of adolescence; Asian societies are collectivistic; they promote the idea that the well-being of the group is more important than that of the individual; in such societies, adolescents' aspirations to achieve autonomy are less pronounced
generation gap
a divide between parents and adolescents in attitudes, values, aspirations, and worldviews; the generation gap, when it exists, is really quite narrow; adolescents and their parents tend to see eye to eye in a variety of domains
conflicts with parents
the newly sophisticated reasoning of adolescents leads teenagers to think about parental rules in more complex ways; the argumentativeness and assertiveness of early adolescence at first may lead to an increase in conflict, but in many ways these qualities play an important role in the evolution of parent-child relationships
cultural differences of conflicts with parents
teenage children in traditional, preindustrial cultures experience fewer mood swings and instances of risky behavior than do teens in industrialized countries; the answer may relate to the degree of independence that adolescents expect and adults permit; in more industrialized societies, in which the value of individualism is typically high, independence is an expected component of adolescence
social comparison
the opportunity to compare and evaluate opinions, abilities, and even physical changes
reference groups
groups of people with whom one compares oneself; reference groups present a set of norms, or standards, against which adolescents can judge their abilities and social success
groups from 2 to 12 people whose members have frequent social interactions with one another
groups larger than cliques, composed of individuals who share particular characteristics but who may not interact with one another
sex cleavage
sex segregation in which boys interact primarily with boys and girls primarily with girls
gender relations
members of both sexes enter puberty; boys and girls experience the hormonal surge that marks puberty and causes the maturation of the sex organs; at the same time, societal pressures suggest that the time is appropriate for romantic involvement; these developments lead to a change in the ways adolescents view the opposite sex
controversial adolescents
children who are liked by some peers and disliked by others
rejected adolescents
children who are actively disliked, and whose peers may react to the in an obviously negative manner
neglected adolescents
children who receive relatively little attention from their peers in the form of either positive or negative interactions
popular and controversial adolescents
have more close friends, engage more frequently in activities with their peers, and disclose more about themselves to others than do less popular students; they are also more involved in extracurricular school activities; they are well aware of their popularity, and they are less lonely than their less popular classmates
rejected and neglected adolescents
they have fewer friends, engage in social activities less frequently, and have less contact with the opposite sex; they see themselves- accurately, it turns out- as less popular, and they are more likely to feel lonely
peer pressure
the influence of one's peers to conform to their behavior and attitudes; in some cases, adolescents are highly susceptible to the influence of their peers
under-socialized delinquents
adolescent delinquents who are raised with little discipline or with harsh, uncaring parental supervision; although they are influenced by their peers, these children have not been socialized appropriately by their parents and were not taught standards of conduct to regulate their own behavior; under-socialized delinquents typically begin criminal activities at an early age, well before the onset of adolescence
socialized delinquents
adolescent delinquents who know and subscribe to the norms of society and who are fairly normal psychologically; transgressions committed during adolescence do no lead to a life of crime; instead, most socialized delinquents pass through a period during adolescence when they engage in some petty crimes, but they do not continue lawbreaking into adulthood; socialized delinquents are typically highly influenced by their peers, and their delinquency often occurs in groups
functions of dating
dating is away to learn how to establish intimacy wiht another individual; it can provide entertainment and, depending on the status of the person one is dating, prestige; it even can be used to develop a sense of one's own identity;
adolescences and dating
dating is often a superficial activity in which the participants so rarely let down their guards that they never become truly close and never expose themselves emotionally to each other; psychological intimacy may be lacking even when sexual activity is part of the relationship; true intimacy becomes more common during later adolescence
homosexual adolescents and dating
dating presents special challenges; in some cases, blatant homophobic prejudice expressed bu classmates may lead gays and lesbians to date members of the other sex in efforts to fir in; if they do seek relationships with other gays and lesbians, they may find it difficult to find partners, who may not openly express their sexual orientation; homosexual couples who do openly date face possible harassment, making the development of a relationship all the more difficult
dating, race, and ethnicity
culture influences dating patterns among adolescents of different racial and ethnic groups, particularly those whose parents have immigrated to the United States from other countries; parents may try to control their children's dating behavior in an effort to preserve their culture's traditional values or to ensure that their child dates within his or her racial or ethnic group
sexual self-stimulation; by the age of 15, some 80% of teenage boys and 20% of teenage girls report that they have masturbated; the frequency of masturbation in males occurs more in the early teens and then begins to decline, whereas in females, the frequency is lower initially and increases throughout adolescence
sexual intercourse and adolescents
the average age at which adolescents first have sexual intercourse has been steadily declining over the last 50 years, and about one in five adolescents have had sex before having intercourse between the ages of 15 an d18, and at least 80% have had sex before the age of 20
double standard
premarital sex is considered permissible for males but not for females; women were told by society that "nice girls don't", whereas men heard that pre-marital sex was permissible- although they should be sure to marry virgins
permissiveness with affection
according to this standard, premarital intercourse is viewed as permissible for both men and women if it occurs in the context of a long-term, committed, or loving relationship
teen pregnancy
every year, more than 800,000 adolescents in the United States give birth; the number of teenage pregnancies is declining; in the last 10 years, the teenage birthrate has dropped 30%; birth to African American teenagers have shown the steepest decline, with births down by more than 40% in a decade; overall, the pregnancy rate of teenagers is 43 births per 1,000, a historic low
challenge of teen pregnancy
the rate of teenage pregnancy in the United States is 2 to 10 times higher compared to that of other industrialized countries; the results of unintended pregnancy can be devastating to both mother and child; in comparison to earlier times teenage mothers today are much less likely to be married; in a high percentage of cases, mothers care for their children without the help of the father;
Safer Choices
a two-year program for adolescents in high school, is one such program that combines encouragement of abstinence with education on contraceptive use; its goals are to reduce the number of students who are sexually active while in high school and to increase condom usage in students who do have sex by addressing adolescent sexual activity on multiple fronts
sexual attraction and behavior directed to the other sex
sexual attraction and behavior is oriented to members of their own sex
sexually attracted to both people of both sexes
sexual orientation
at one time or another, around 20% to 25% of adolescent boys and 10% of adolescent girls have at least one same-sex sexual encounter
Alfred Kinsey pioneer sex researcher
argues that sexual orientation should be viewed as a continuum in which exclusively homosexual is at one end, and exclusively heterosexual is at the other; in between are people who show both homosexual and heterosexual behavior; most experts believe that between 4% and 10% of both men and women are exclusively homosexual during extended periods of their lives
gender identity
the gender a person believes he or she is psychologically; sexual orientation and gender identity are not necessarily related to one another
individuals may pursue sexual reassignment surgery, a prolonged course of treatment in which they receive hormones and reconstructive surgery so they are able to take on the physical characteristic of the other sex