Tutorial Section 002
November 23, 2009
Adolescence: The transition between childhood and adulthood
In most cases, adolescence is always deﬁned as puberty; the physical changes a person’s
body undergoes around 12-16 years old. Hormonal, height, weight, and body composition
changes take place within every person’s body. Puberty with respect to biological changes is
universal and is an normative age-graded inﬂuence. In some cases, the time puberty happens
shifts into being early or coming later with the inﬂuence of different factors such as cultural,
psychological, and environmental factors. Some of these factors include growing up in a low
SES neighbourhood, low educational attainment, and one’s ethnicity. Despite all these factors,
puberty is unavoidable and is a completely normal time in a human being’s lifespan.As critical
thinkers, we need to open our minds and not only associate puberty with physical changes, as
social and emotional changes take place during the adolescent period in one’s life.
Social development accounts for a majority part of adolescent change. Changes in roles
and responsibilities evolve and a sense of self-autonomy and independence is formed. In most
cases, teenagers are trusted more by their parents and peers and are given more responsibilities.
Sometimes it means getting a later curfew, more household chores, or even if it means getting a
part-time job to save money. Self-autonomy increases as adolescents begin to trust themselves
more when it comes to decision-making. Moreover, long-term relationships start to form.
Adolescents usually ﬁnd their long-term best friends and develop relationship skills that are
based on trust and honesty. On the other hand in some cultures, teenagers do not get the full
adolescent experience due to cultural values and