Adolescence typically describes the years between ages 13 and 19 and can be considered the transitional stage from childhood to adulthood.
However, the physical and psychological changes that occur in adolescence can start earlier, during the preteen or "tween" years (ages 9 through 12).
more There are few evaluations of peer-facilitated teenage dating violence prevention programs in the literature.
To begin to address this gap, this project assessed the effectiveness of a school-based, peer-facilitated healthy relationships program among academically at-risk students.
Implications for schools, prevention specialists, and future program development and research are discussed.
ABSTRACT: The quality of dating relationships in adolescence can have long lasting effects on identity development, self-esteem, and interpersonal skills, and can shape values and behaviors related to future intimate relationships.
Such milestones include driving a vehicle, having legal sexual relations, serving in the armed forces or on a jury, purchasing and drinking alcohol, voting, entering into contracts, finishing certain levels of education, and marriage.
Major pubertal and biological changes include changes to the sex organs, height, weight, and muscle mass, as well as major changes in brain structure and organization.
This study draws on interviews with 572 currently dating teens and results indicate that the romantic partner’s grades are significantly related to adolescent respondents’ self-reported grades, even after their own orientation toward school and traditional family, peer, and demographic controls have been taken into account.
We hypothesize, following results on peer influence processes, that this concordance reveals a tendency to select similar partners, but may involve social influence processes as well.
Adolescence can be a time of both disorientation and discovery.
This transitional period can bring up issues of independence and self-identity; many adolescents and their peers face tough choices regarding schoolwork, sexuality, drugs, alcohol, and social life.