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Faculty of Behavioral Sciences

Paper 2.4: Adolescent Psychology

Unit

Content

Time (Hours)

Domain

I Introduction

Adolescence: concept and characteristics, Developmental tasks during adolescence

Puberty and physical changes during early, middle and late adolescence

Perception and reactions to physical changes during adolescence

Shyness during adolescence

Friendships and adolescence

12

4

4

4

 

Must know

 

Desirable to Know

Nice to Know

II Cognitive and social development

Cognitive development during late childhood and early adolescence: Piagetian stages

Moral judgment and development: Kohlberg, Loevinger model

Social development: achieving independence from parents, parenting,parent and peer relationships

Empathy during adolescence

Moral behavior among males and females

15

5

5

5

Must know

 

Desirable to Know

Nice to Know

III Personality development and issues

Identity and self-esteem, search for identity, ethnic identity and self-esteem

Problems in adolescence: major stressors of adolescence, depression and suicidal behaviours

Deviant behaviors: drug abuse, juvenile violence and delinquent behaviour, Teenage parenthood

Conduct problems in adolescence

Fantasies and imaginations during adolescence

13

5

3

5

 

Must know

 

Desirable to Know

Nice to Know

 

Syllabus Books:

  1. Berk, L.E. (2007). Development through the lifespan. Pearson Education: India.
  2. Shaffer, D.R. (1996). Developmental psychology and adolescence. Brooks & Cole: California.
  3. Learner, R.M. and Steinberg, L. (2004). Handbook of Adolescent Psychology. John Wiley:

 

Reference Books:

  1. J. Arnett. (2012). Adolescent Psychology around the World.Psychology Press.
  2. Thompson; C. Hooper; C. Laver-Bradbury; C. Gale. (2012). Child and Adolescent Mental Health: Theory and Practice.Hodder Education.
  3. G. Moeller. (2001). Youth Aggression and Violence: A Psychological Approach.Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
  4. Kroger. (2004). Identity in Adolescence: The Balance between Self and Other.Routledge.