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Challenges for adolescents

  • Accepting changes in body
  • Adjustment to changes in sexuality
  • Changes in relationships
  • Becoming emotionally independent
  • Achieving a useful social role
  • Achieving economic independence
  • Choosing values and morals by which to live
  • Choosing a lifestyle & finding a place to belong
  • Independent Decision making and problem solving

Factors which can make adolescence difficult:

  • Changes from childhood to adulthood
  • Hormonal: sexual and aggressive feelings
  • Decreasing trust in adults and authority
  • Pressure to be like friends
  • Questioning identity; who am I?
  • Loss: death, divorce of parents etc
  • Feeling of being different
  • Experimentation & risk taking
  • Unemployment & poor education
  • Conflict with parents
  • Feeling lonely
  • Homelessness (DV, CSA, child abuse or neglect etc)
  • Physical illness