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ERIC Number: EJ869595
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Feb
Pages: 7
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Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0278-2626
Pubertal Development and Behavior: Hormonal Activation of Social and Motivational Tendencies
Forbes, Erika E.; Dahl, Ronald E.
Brain and Cognition, v72 n1 p66-72 Feb 2010
Adolescence is a time of dramatic changes including rapid physical growth, the onset of sexual maturation, the activation of new drives and motivations, and a wide array of social and affective changes and challenges. This review focuses on behavioral changes in this interval and is organized by the claim that a key set of these adolescent changes are part of a more general "re-orientation of social behavior". More specifically we hypothesize that pubertal maturation is associated with the "activation of social and motivational tendencies", which in turn influence behavior and emotion in adolescence depending upon interactions with social context. We focus on evidence for two examples of these motivational changes: (1) increases in sensation-seeking (motivational tendency to want to experience high-intensity, exciting experiences) and (2) stronger natural interest in--and pursuit of--contact with peers and potential romantic partners. We consider how these motivational changes contribute to the broader social re-orientation of adolescence, including exploration of social experiences, development of skills and knowledge relevant to taking on adult social roles, individuation from family, and establishment of an individual identity, all of which represent core developmental tasks during this period in the life span ([Blakemore, 2008], [Dahl and Spear, 2004] and [Steinberg and Morris, 2000]). The paper also emphasizes the importance of investigating and understanding the direct influences of puberty on behavior and disentangling these from the broader set of changes during adolescent development. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Language: English
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