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Teenage Rebellion A Characteristic of the Average Adolescent Teenage rebellion is an observable fact among adolescents throughout the globe ranging from ages twelve to nineteen It is in the life cycle of adolescence that teens begin to try to demonstrate their mature status and gain autonomy over their lives The fact that teens are not yet adults often causes them to act out engage in delinquent behavior in order to show that they are capable of making decisions for themselves rather than letting mom and dad do it for them Delinquency increases from early adolescence to mid-adolescence and declines sharply by late adolescence Mullan Duncan 2002 This reckless behavior is supposedly caused by heightened egocentrism andor sensation seeking during the teenage years Mullan Duncan 2002 Adolescent attitudes and rebellion will be examined in the three perspectives as follows sex violence drugs and the causes and consequences of each Adolescent Attitudes Toward Premarital Sexual Intercourse Often times there is a double standard set for females It is usually acceptable for a male to enjoy large numbers of sexual partners without being criticized but a female on the other hand must remain chaste andor secretive concerning her sexual escapades Martin 2001 This standard set by old time religious and cultural values creates a sense of tension and unwanted scrutiny of the teenage female resulting in her willingness to break the rules and step outside of the norm by having as much sex as she wants for the same reasons the teenage male does physical satisfaction and egocentricity The breaking of this double standard demonstrates the teenage females sexual independence and shows the adults around her that she is equal to her male counterpart and can literally do whatever and whoever she wants Though adolescents of both sexes show an increasing approval of premarital sexual intercourse they insist on it being a part of an affectionate relationship with someone they love despite the fact that these relationships are
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