Study the adolescent mind - how they think, why they think the way they do and how they develop
Understand more about theories of human development, crime, moral and social development, the transition to adulthood, emotions and much more with this great distance learning course.
A course for anyone who wants to learn more about teenagers. When you understand how and why teens think the way they do; it becomes easier to comprehend and manage their behaviour. For adults who are well beyond their own adolescent experience; it can be frustrating and even disarming to see a child with relatively predictable behaviour, changing into a teen whose actions are increasingly erratic.
This course can both diffuse that sense of frustration and improve your capacity to influence the young person you are dealing with.
The course consists of ten lessons including –
1. Introduction – Theories of Human Development – What is adolescence? Piaget’s theory of Cognitive Development, The stages of Piaget’s theories, moral development, Erikson’s psychosocial development theory, stages.
2. Life Crises – Life crisis, problems, puberty, attachment theory, internalised and externalized problems , types of problems experienced by adolescents.
3. Physical Development – puberty in females, puberty in males, hormones, physical activity, obesity.
4. Intellectual Development – Piaget’s formal operations stage, school problems.
5. Emotional Development – Freud’s theories, emotional problems, teenagers and grief, eating problems, depression, emotional problems, typical childhood responses to grief, supporting a grieving child.
6. Sexuality – acquisition of gender identity and social role identity, vicarious learning and sexual identity, gender identity disorders, curiosity, sex, sexual behaviour, masturbation, sexuality and nudity, answering questions.
7. Social Development - family influence, types of parenting, denigration of parents.
8. Moral Development – Piaget’s theory of moral development, Kohlberg’s theory of moral reasoning.
9. Delinquency and Crime – juvenile delinquency, pathways to delinquency, gangs, crimes more likely in adolescence, behaviour problems, drugs, solvents and alcohol, child abuse, triggers of abuse, stranger abuse, how to deal with deviance.
10. Adolescents and the Transition to Adulthood – Erikson’s later stages – the transition to adulthood.
Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.
- Develop an understanding of the theories of child development in relation to adolescents.
- Develop an understanding of life crises in relation to adolescents.
- Develop an understanding of the physical changes that occur in puberty.
- Develop an understanding of the intellectual changes that occur in adolescence.
- Develop an understanding of the emotional development that occurs during adolescence.
- Develop an understanding of sexuality during adolescence
- Develop an understanding of the social development that occurs in adolescence.
- Develop an understanding of the theories of moral development in relation to teenagers.
- Consider the links between adolescence and delinquent activity such as crime.
- Develop an understanding of the changes that occur moving from adolescence to adulthood.
Duration The course requires 100 hours of study. We find most students complete 100 hours in three to six months, but it does depend on you and how much time you have available for studying.
Start Date You can start the course at any time to suit you.
If you are interested in learning more about teenagers and how they think and develop, then why not enrol today?
Study the Psychology of Teenagers by distance learning - you study at your pace with our tutors there to help you every step of the way.
Understand the behaviour and theory behind working and living with adolescents.
Develop an understanding of the changes that adolescents go through during their teenage years.Adolescence is a time between being a child and being an adult. Over this time, there are many physical and psychological changes (eg. in relation to sexuality, physiology, emotions, moral perception, self-esteem, etc). Adolescence can be difficult both for the adolescent, and for people interacting with them (family, friends, professionals etc). morally during the adolescent period.
COURSE AIM Develop your understanding of the developmental changes that occur during adolescence.