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They have lived through 2 am feedings endured toddler temper tantrums and put up with the but-I-dont-want-to-go-to-school-today blues So why does the word adolescence cause parents so much anxiety The beginning of adolescence marks an individuals passage from childhood to adulthood one of the major transitions one will ever have to go through This transition can benefit or disadvantage ones life During these years teenagers are expected to make certain smaller transitions causing a roller coaster effect on their lives and the lives of those around them However these major transitions are controlled or managed reflects on the outcomes thus making them great changes in life As teenagers gradually enter the unknown two key fundamental elements of their lives are challenged called into question and changed self-identity and relationships Previously as children a teenagers self-identity would have been stable and clear For example a 6th grade student would say I am female a dancer a netball player and school captain However as adolescence knocks on our door we want to create a sense or uniqueness for ourselves Who am I Where do I fit in What do I believe in What role do I play and Why is that right or wrong are all questions asked by teenagers relating to their self-identity and as they grow older these questions become more complex This is why teenagers start to search for a sense of belonging As teenagers are growing through this episode of searching there are various aspects of their lives that heavily influence their identity These include cultural ethnic religious family social world and media influences As one becomes older they go through a transition of awareness coming to the attention of how the influences in their lives affect the concepts of their self These influences also assist teenagers to develop social and moral reasoning and the ability to think abstractly One novel that I have studied in class referring
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