ERIC Number: EJ698684
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Sep-22
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Developmental Psychology of Adolescent Girls: Conflicts and Identity Issues.
Powell, Katherine C.
Education, v125 n1 p77 Fal 2004
Adolescents, particularly girls, have many identity conflicts and low self-esteem that may affect school success and development of a healthy identity. Many teenagers experience new societal expectations and responsibilities giving rise to identity confusion or internal conflicts that need to be resolved during adolescence. Their conflicts may become manifested as school discipline problems or lack of focus. Understanding the psychoanalytical process of early development such as, Oedipal complex, object relations theory and the individuation process may shed light on the origin of adolescent conflicts. Since self-esteem is at its lowest point during adolescence, presenting developmental theories, defining self-concept and self-esteem may assist in understanding this process. By being supportive and giving tasks and challenges that raise self-esteem, teenagers may be able to have success in school and develop self-motivation. In conclusion, a strong sense of 'self' is dependent on early relationships, gender differences, supportive environments and allowing adolescents to develop their own unique identity.
Descriptors: Females, Gender Differences, Discipline, Discipline Problems, Developmental Psychology, Adolescents
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