The teenagers here are often confused about the identities they choose. This often leads to frustration. They may even give up looking for their identities for a while. This is the period where some of the teenagers end up indulging in immoral acts. According to ("6.3 Adolescence: Developing Independence and Identity | Introduction to Psychology," 2015), the independence of thinking in this period requires the adolescents to determine their sense of right and wrong on their own.
It is argued that the period of adolescence is one of the most difficult periods an individual can experience (Yablonska, 2013). Adolescence can best be described as a period in time were individuals begin to find themselves and or develop a sense of identity (Sigelman & Rider, 2015). Put forward, this paper will discuss James Marcia theory of identity formation among adolescents. Additionally, this paper will draw relevant evidence of identity development with reference to the identity formation theory presented by Marcia from a thirteen year old teenage girl named Tracy. The experiences of Tracy was observed from a movie called “Thirteen” (2003) which will be used to explain and describe identity development among teenagers.
Developmental theories are different from integrated theories because they focus on individual development (Bohm & Vogel, 2011). Developmental theorists believe that certain factors in a person’s life will lead them to commit crime at different points in their life, regardless of their upbringing. As a child, coming from a family with strong morals and values, they will have the strong upbringing that will more than likely keep them from delinquency. As a person grows from a child to adolescence, peers play a major factor in if a person chooses delinquency and even drug use. As a person grows into adulthood, their livelihood and relationship with a significant other are contributing factors in determining if a person chooses to act in delinquent ways.
Jean Piaget 's contribution focused on cognitive development through adolescence and the way individuals understand the world by creating concepts and categorizations. Concepts are those ideas or mental representations that individuals developed based
Teenage is the most exciting growth stages for scholars and researchers in the field of Psychology for its special nature in terms of containing many physical, psychological and emotional changes. No doubt that the teenager who fails in achieving the demands and challenges feels disappointed and discouraged, which will eventually motivate him to continue to find his identity. Identity crisis is the main problem in adolescence in which the teenager asks who am I?, What is my role in society? How can I prove my existence? How can I success?
In “Strain and Juvenile Delinquency: A Critical Review of Agnew’s General Strain Theory,” written by Giacinto Froggio, he states that “some individuals are drawn to crime when they are prevented from achieving cultural goals such as monetary success” (2). Because children don’t have the same monetary resources as adults, they are pressured to engage in criminal activities to get the things they want. A juvenile is more prone to partake in criminal activities when they come from a low income family. When a juvenile comes from a financially unstable family, the desire to own things they don’t have is even higher than their peers who can come from a financially stable middle-class family. Juveniles who don’t receive much from their parents due to monetary issues, ultimately take the matter into their own hands to take anything they don’t yet have.
It apears that children who exprienced drinking at young age will also continously and habitually drink in the future once they grow up. They do not simple do this occasionally but it has become a frequent and habitual addiction (Christiansen et al. 7). In totality, drinking alcoholic beverages of teenagers is not is unhealthy, unsafe, and unacceptable. More and likely teens that drink are trailing behind in their education because of how alcohol affects them so bad.
In other words, the Triple Bind heavily impacts the emotional development of adolescent females in the modern era. The foundation of social capabilities is emotional development, and teenagers are going through a time where they are beginning to understand what successful relationships look like and how to maneuver through social culture (National Scientific Council on the Developing Child, 2004). Therefore, it is important to safeguard the emotional development of teenagers, especially adolescent females who are fall prey to more self-destructive tendencies. As stated, young girls suffer in silence and practice several different self-harm mechanisms: cutting, self-mutilation, and starvation (Hinshaw & Kranz, 2009). They hate themselves, and society only worsens this feeling by setting standards that are unjustified and
Moratorium is where the individual is experiencing an identity crisis and is encouraged by society to think about who they are and, so like identity achievement, has an informational identity processing style. Identity diffusion is where the individual avoids identity issues and their choices are determined by who they socialise with. They are concerned with what others think and have a diffuse avoidant identity processing style. Developing a sense of identity in adolescence is not a clear cut pathway, it can involve a mix of identity types. Identity can change during adolescence through individual differences in coping with life experiences and how adolescents deal with commitments and negative feedback.
Teenagers are unpredictable and emotional human equipped with an undeveloped brain full of hormones. Falling in love easily, doing dangerous things, and not preparing for the future, teenagers need to be taught the importance of responsible risk-taking. Two perfect examples of teenage actions and consequences are Romeo and Juliet. Romeo and Juliet’s behavior can be explained through the science of the teen brain and its development. Throughout the play Romeo was embodied with depression, most of the time for no good reason at all, just like Romeo many teens suffer from depression.