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NU FS356 Lecture 16: Adolescent Cognitive and Psychosocial Development

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Nutrition and Food Sciences
NU FS356
Mazurak Vera

NUFS 356 Adolescent Cognitive and Psychosocial Development Adolescence: the period of final developments to reach adulthood. Take place approximately from age 11 to 21. What Changes Do We See in Cognitive Development? This transition of concreate to abstract thinking meaning they can think beyond today and the effect their actions would have later on occurs from about 12 years of age to 16 years old. In early adolescence we see concrete, egocentrism and impulsive behavior. Middle adolescence you start to see the change because there is still concrete thinking but the start of abstract thinking is occurring. By late adolescence there is total abstract thinking. What Changes Do We See in Psychosocial Development? This development starts around the same time and continues until around the age of 21. It includes the development of independence, self identity, body image, relationships and beliefs behavior around lifestyle choices. In early adolescence, there is awareness of sexuality and body image plus peer influence is strong. During middle adolescence, there starts to be emotional and social independence from the family and they start to make decisions on their own. At this time, the peer influence is at its strongest. In the later stages of adolescence, the development of personal identity and
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