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The Psychology of the American Teenager: Integrating Nature and


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American adolescence is relatively a short-lived age period but it has a long lasting effects. What is it about American adolescence that makes it so important? To answer this question, we will examine adolescence from several different perspectives. For example, we will explore how and why the period of adolescence has grown longer over the past 100 years. We also will look at some of the unique biological and psychological aspects of adolescents. Finally, we will examine societal expectations, how adolescents function in school, their leisure activities, and some of the unique psychological problems associated with this period of life.