Normal Adolescent Development 2

Late High School Years and Beyond

Parents are often worried or confused by changes in their teenagers. The following information should help parents understand this phase of development. Each teenager is an individual with a unique personality and special interests, likes and dislikes. However, there are also numerous developmental issues that everyone faces during the adolescent years. The normal feelings and behaviors of the late high school adolescent are described below.

Movement towards Independence

Increased independent functioning

Firmer and more cohesive sense of identity

Examination of inner experiences

Ability to think ideas through

Conflict with parents begins to decrease

Increased ability for delayed gratification and compromise

Increased emotional stability

Increased concern for others

Increased self-reliance

Peer relationships remain important and take an appropriate place among other interests

Future Interests and Cognitive Changes

Work habits become more defined

Increased concern for the future

More importance is placed on one’s role in life

Feelings of love and passion

Development of more serious relationships

Firmer sense of sexual identity

Increased capacity for tender and sensual love

Morals, Values, and Self-Direction

Greater capacity for setting goals

Interest in moral reasoning

Capacity to use insight

Increased emphasis on personal dignity and self-esteem

Social and cultural traditions regain some of their previous importance

Older teenagers do vary slightly from the above descriptions, but the feelings and

behaviors are, in general, considered normal for each stage of adolescence.


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