American society places significance on teenagers behaving a certain way, such as experimenting with substances, rebelling against authority figures, bowing to peer pressure, and seeking attention through their behavior. Analyze this "typical" behavior using developmental theory. Include an example of a specific case from pop culture or personal history.
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Developmental theory grouped the
changes experienced by teenagers into several groups including emotional, and
behavioral. Teenagers are at the phase of their lives where their self identity
is paramount. Their self-concept and self-esteem are still being formed which
makes them very vulnerable to peer pressure. This leads us to behavioral
development. Rebelling against authority can be seen as an action that can gain
one acceptance and respect from peers.
The most vivid example of a
teenage behavior rebelling against authority was the Columbine High School
shooting executed by Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold. These two teenagers
massacred 12 of their peers, and 1 teacher, an authority figure. This situation
is also an example peer pressure – the one of them teenagers clearly succumbed
to the pressure from the leader of the two and do a terrible and evil act.
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Sep 11th, 2015
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