1. What do you consider to be the most harmful for adolescents…. binge drinking, drug addiction or anorexia nervosa? Why? Explain your choice in a minimum of five sentences. I consider the most harmful for adolescents is binge drinking. As children move from adolescence to young adulthood, they encounter dramatic physical, emotional, and lifestyle changes. Developmental transitions, such as puberty and increasing independence, have been associated with alcohol use. So in a sense, just being an adolescent may be a key risk factor not only for starting to drink but also for drinking dangerously. Whatever it is that leads adolescents to binge drinking, once they start they face a number of potential health risks. Although the severe health problems associated with harmful alcohol use are not as common in adolescents as they are in adults, studies show that young people who drink heavily may put themselves at risk for range of potential health problems.
2. Define adolescent egocentrism. Give three examples of egocentric fantasies or fables. Adolescent egocentrism is teens and older twin’s belief that others are highly attentive to their behavior and appearance. That is, egocentric adolescent believe that eyes are on them. Adolescent egocentrism is developmentally normal. In other words, teens and older twins can no more by stopping themselves from being egocentric than an infant can fix their inability to speak. Adolescent egocentrism usually appears around 11 or 12 years of age. Here are 3 examples of fable:
The first one is the imaginary audience and personal fable seems to capture what have been viewed as typical fact of adolescent behavior. For example, self-consciousness and conformity to the peer group in regard to appearance can be understood as resulting from the belief that other (i.e., the imaginary audience) is always watching and judging. Feeling of isolation and risk-taking behavior can be viewed as outcomes of personal fable, believing that one is unique and invulnerable.
The second example is self-other differentiation errors or egocentrism, emerging as a result of the transition. Attaining this development stage means that one can think abstractly and about possibilities; for example, one can think about what other people may be thinking. The third examples are empirical evidence supporting the theoretical link between imaginary audience and personal fable ideation and formal operational thinking has emerged only infrequently, and has been the best. For example, so studies have found what appears to be heightened imaginary audience and personal fable ideation among middle school students. 3. Give an example of how schools, peers and the media influence teen sexual behavior. Be sure you address each one.
Example of how schools on teen sexual behavior…
Many young people engage in sexual risk behaviors that can result in unintended health outcomes. For example, among U.S. high school students have 47% in sexual intercourse. To reduce sexual risk behaviors and related health problems among youth, schools and other youth serving organizations can help young people adopt lifelong attitudes and behaviors that reduce their risk HIV , other STDs, and unintended pregnancy. Example of peer’s teen sexual behavior….
Teens want to be with people their own age. During adolescence, teens spend more time with their peers and without parental supervision. With peers, teens can be both connected and independent, as they break away from their parents images of them and develop identities of their own. Example of media influence teen sexual behavior….
If you don’t talk to your kids about your own values and expectations about sex, the main input they’ll get is from the media. Music videos, movies, reality shows. And studies show that the more sexual content kids watch and listen to, the earlier they’re likely to have sex themselves. In fact, teens report that their main source of information about sex, dating and sexual health comes from what they see and hear in the media. 4. Teen depression and teen suicide is a reality. What would you consider to be an inspirational song for an adolescent? The song I chose is Hero, by Mariah Carey. I love Mariah, when I first started listening to her I found most of her songs, inspirational and heart felt, she is one amazing songwriter/singer and I’m truly blesses to have someone like Mariah to keep the faith to other teens to listen to her songs
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Topic: Professional Philosophy of Early Childhood Education
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