Emotional development continues oncechildren reach adolescence. In fact, emotions haveoften been used to define the period ofadolescence. For some people, the changes associatedwith adolescence conjure up pictures of strongemotions—a developmental period characterizedas a time when teens become moody and negative.These images, however, are accurate for only aminority of adolescents. Most adolescents copewith the changes in emotionally positive ways.
Adolescence has been thought of as aperiod of “storm and stress” – a heightenedemotional tension resulting from thephysical and glandular changes that aretaking place. Growth continues through the earlyyears of adolescence but at a progressivelyslower rate. It takes place on thecompletion of the pattern already set atpuberty.
Emotional Patterns in Adolescence1. Differ in the stimuli that give rise to the emotion. Stimuli: “being treated like a child”Childhood: feels happy and enjoy the situation (Love of parents)Adolescents: feels irritated especially when this is acted by the parent in front of his age-mates. feels angry when it is overdone and because adolescents seeks independence during this period.
Emotional Patterns in Adolescence1. Differ in the stimuli that give rise to the emotion. Stimuli: “given a chocolate by an age-mate of the opposite sex”Childhood: will appreciate the gift with joy but will also feel envious of what their playmate has.Adolescents: will appreciate the gift with joy but will give meaning in the real purpose of the person who gave the chocolate. (friendly gift, symbol of love)
Emotional Patterns in Adolescence2. Differ in the degree of control the individuals exercise over the expression of their emotions. Stimuli: “unable to get what they want”Childhood: cries or have temper tantrums.Adolescents: sulk or refuse to speak Stimuli: “treated unfairly”Childhood: will cry and tell parents what happened.Adolescents: will sulk or loudly criticize the one who caused their anger.
Emotional Tension Most adolescents experienceemotional tension/ emotionalinstability because they are not yetprepared or ready on makingadjustments to new patterns ofbehavior and new socialexpectations.
Emotional TensionFactors causing emotional tension to Adolescents: - School demands and frustrations - Drug and alcohol use by peers, family members - Sexual images/ Sexual pressure - Social Pressure/Popularity - Parental conflict/Changes at home - Being Bullied
Factors causing Emotional Tension to Adolescents: Schooldemands and frustrations
Factors causing Emotional Tension to Adolescents: Drug andalcohol use by peers, family members
Factors causing Emotional Tension to Adolescents: Sexualimages/ Sexualpressure
Factors causing Emotional Tension to Adolescents: Social Pressure/Popularity
Factors causing Emotional Tension to Adolescents:Parentalconflict/Changesat home
Factors causing Emotional Tension to Adolescents:BeingBullied
Expression of AdolescentsLove: Adolescence love brings out a whole range of feelings and emotions in an already turbulent teenager. However, at that age, the teenager enjoys these feelings and emotions. The excitement and the drama of adolescence love is something that no one forgets, even when they reach adulthood.
Expression of AdolescentsHappiness: Based on the study of Meliksah Demir, Wayne State University to understand the relative contributions of friendship duality and conflict, friendship network variables, gender and age in predicting happiness among adolescents. The level of positive duality (for girls only) and conflict were significantly associated with happiness. Friendship variables explained 10% of the variance in happiness whereas demographic variables did not predict happiness other than the interaction of the duality with gender. This study showed that both quantity and duality were important for adolescent happiness.
Expression of AdolescentsCuriosity About sexual matters begins. Teens begin having new feelings, which are usually centered around their own bodies, rather than developing sexual relationships with the opposite sex. Their sexual curiosity is often expressed by affection for remote and desirable people, such as teen idols, rock band members, and movie stars.
Expression of AdolescentsAnger: Adolescents express their anger by sulking, refusing to speak, or loudly criticizing those who agreed them instead of having temper tantrums.Enviousness: Adolescents become envious of those with more material possessions. While they may not complain and feel sorry for themselves, as children do, they are likely to take a part time job to earn money for the material possessions they crave or even drop out of school to get these things.
Improvement in Emotional Behaviora. 14 years old Often irritable Are easily excited “explode emotionally”b. 16 years old Don’t believe in worrying
Emotional Maturity Boys and girls are said to have achieved emotional maturity if they accomplish the following:1. They do not “blow up” emotionally when others are present.2. The individual assesses a situation critically before responding to it emotionally instead of reacting to it unthinkingly.3. Adolescents are stable in their emotional responses and they do not swing from one emotion or mood to another.