This course provides an overview of theory and research on adolescent development aligned to the following domains: physical, cognitive, emotional, social, moral, and identity. Participants review how adolescents react to and cope with the influence of sociocultural context in society. In addition, participants analyze adolescent interactions with peers and family, gender and multicultural issues, and school and community settings.
This graduate course is 4 weeks.
Attendance and participation are mandatory in all university courses, and specific requirements may differ by course. If attendance requirements are not met, a student may be removed from the course. Please review the Course Attendance Policy in the Catalog for more information.
This course is not available for enrollment to residents of Alabama, Arkansas, and Kentucky.
Topics and Objectives
Theoretical and Social Context
- Identify the leading human development theorists and their theories.
- Compare traditional and current views of adolescent and cognitive development.
- Explain the role of the evolving influences of education, technology, safety, and family in adolescent development.
Adolescent Development: Physical, Cognitive, Moral, Social, and Emotion al
- Identify the stages of physical development in adolescents.
- Recognize cognitive, moral, social, and emotional development in adolescents.
- Analyze moral reasoning and self-control in adolescent development.
- Describe how adolescent societies, cultures, subcultures, and peers influence moral and social development.
Adolescent Relationships and Communication
- Describe the influence of peer relationships on adolescent development.
- Compare adolescent and family relationships with adolescent and peer group relationships.
- Analyze how media affects adolescents.
- Explain how family and peer relationships shape adolescent educational and vocational decisions.
Diversity Factors and Social Issues
- Analyze changes in self-concept and self-esteem during adolescence.
- Identify patterns of interaction among diverse groups of adolescents.
- Describe the racial and ethnic composition of adolescents in the United States.
- Identify potential causes of and interventions for adolescent alienation.
- Describe the physiological and sociological effects of alcohol, narcotics, prescription drugs, and tobacco on adolescents.
- Analyze common sexual behavior characteristics in adolescent development.
- Explain factors that may cause stress in adolescents.
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