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PSYC 437 Lecture Notes - Lecture 1: List Of Mergers And Acquisitions By Alphabet

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PSYC 437
David Schwartz

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Social Transitions
The inventionist perspective:
Adolescence is a social construct that is defined by societal attitudes and
Adolescence is shaped by the way society does or does not recognize this
developmental stage as different from childhood and adulthood
Inventionist argues that adolescence is more a social
invention than a biological or cognitive phenomenon.
Largely forces in the broader social environment whether it
exists as a separate period and what is nature is –
determine our conception of adolescence –. Changes in the
broader environment, therefore, can change the very nature
of adolescence.
Adolescence as we know it today is largely a product of the
Industrial Revolution of the late 19th century.
Some writers have suggested that new stage of life, called
emerging adulthood, has arisen in recent years. Evidence
for the existence of emerging adulthood as a widespread
phenomenon is mixed.
The role of historical forces and change
Historical changes in values and social roles shape the nature of
Historical Forces:
-Industrial Revolution
-Child Protection Laws
-Compulsory Education
-Juvenile Deliquency Laws
Recent Historical Changes:
-After World War II, there is a period of optimism
-The notion of teenager emerges – adolescence as carefree time,
1950(optimistic, and carefree)
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