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Explain how our life stage developments parallel what society expects of us in terms of our relationships. Consider areas such as, friendships, companionship, intimate relationships, psychological needs, familial demands and maturity.

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Explain how our life stage developments parallel what society expects of us in terms of our relationships. Consider areas such as, friendships, companionship, intimate relationships, psychological needs, familial demands and maturity. In this essay, I propose to examine the Adolescent stage in development, in order to determine what is expected of the developing teenager, in regards to the rest of society. It will critically investigate many aspects of an adolescents' life, in terms of relationships with their peers, as well as how they view themselves. It will collaborate statements from sociologists and psychologists alike, in order to establish how and why adolescence is a life stage which conflicts with the expectations that society hold about them. Throughout our lives we develop through various different stages of development, from birth, right through to death, adolescence, however, is just one of these stages. Adolescence is a period of our development that virtually no one passed through without some degree of trauma, big or small. It is a time where we develop both mentally and physically from a child, into an adult. The teenage years are fraught with pain, anguish, uncertainty, confusion and self-image. It is a time when emotions run high and patience is low, and the urge for freedom is confronted with parental restrictions. ...read more.

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This is very difficult for some, as many, although they have the physical body of an adult, intellectually, they are still a child. Furthermore, teenagers are expected to make informed choices about careers etc. and expected to act in a mature manor, whilst still being treated by society as a child. Social scientists would agree that an identity search and new self-discoveries characterise an adolescent's psychological, as well as social development. The search by teenagers, for identity affects not only the parent - child relationship, but also moral development, school as well as peer interactions. Erikson (1980) proposed the nuclear conflict of "identity versus role confusion" as characterised in adolescence. He felt that adolescents need time to experiment with many different roles before they settle into a particular one. Erikson also suggested that young love is usually more conversational than sexual because they need to project their developing self-image confidentially, to a second person, and then have it reflected back to them. Erikson also suggested that the intimate relationships that are formed during adolescence, are usually short lived and shouldn't be taken too seriously. They are merely a way for the impressionable teenager to reciprocate feelings and emotions with someone of the opposite sex. Peer groups give the developing teenager a sense of belonging, when their own families they belong to become less interactive. ...read more.

Conclusion

Fortunately, most parents can remember what it was like to be that age, and do sympathise to an extent with them, realising that their children will grow out of their teenage years with a different outlook on their family, as well as society as a whole. Overall, this essay examined how adolescence, in some ways, but not all, parallels what society expects of us in terms of relationships. It examined what various researchers, such as Erikson stated about intimate relationships, and how, they are used as a stepping-stone for relationships further in life. All in all, this essay encompasses what it is like for a teenager, growing up into a world were nothing is for certain and their peer group is where they turn for support, more so than their parents. Adolescence is an extremely confusing time when a teenager is expected to make important as well as mature decisions about various aspects of their life, however other decisions of their life are totally in the hands of their parents. It is therefore only inevitable that there is a conflict of interests on both parts, however, the adolescent stage doesn't last forever. And so very soon, most adolescents progress onto adult hood, using their teenage experiences, both good and bad, as a guide for what they do and achieve in terms of relationships, later in life. 0012286 Understanding Relationships 1 ...read more.

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