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Adolescence Adolescence is the developmental stage between childhood and adulthood it generally refers to a period ranging from age 12 or 13 through age 19 or 21 Although its beginning is often balanced with the beginning of puberty adolescence is characterized by psychological and social stages as well as by biological changes Adolescence can be prolonged brief or virtually nonexistent depending on the type of culture in which it occurs In societies that are simple for example the transition from childhood to adulthood tends to occur rather rapidly and is marked by traditionally prescribed passage rites to contrast this American and European societies the transition period for young people has been steadily lengthening over the past 100 years giving rise to an adolescent subculture As a result of this prolonged transitional stage a variety of problems and concerns specifically associated with this age group have developed Psychologists single out four areas that especially touch upon adolescent behavior and development physiological change and growth cognitive or mental development identity or personality formation and parent-adolescent relations Physiological Change Between the ages of 9 and 15 almost all young people undergo a rapid
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