What is Teen: Definition and 25 Discussions

Adolescence (from Latin adolescere 'to grow up') is a transitional stage of physical and psychological development that generally occurs during the period from puberty to legal adulthood (age of majority). Adolescence is usually associated with the teenage years, but its physical, psychological or cultural expressions may begin earlier and end later. For example, puberty now typically begins during preadolescence, particularly in females. Physical growth (particularly in males) and cognitive development can extend into the early twenties. Thus, age provides only a rough marker of adolescence, and scholars have found it difficult to agree upon a precise definition of adolescence.A thorough understanding of adolescence in society depends on information from various perspectives, including psychology, biology, history, sociology, education, and anthropology. Within all of these perspectives, adolescence is viewed as a transitional period between childhood and adulthood, whose cultural purpose is the preparation of children for adult roles. It is a period of multiple transitions involving education, training, employment, and unemployment, as well as transitions from one living circumstance to another.The end of adolescence and the beginning of adulthood varies by country. Furthermore, even within a single nation, state or culture, there can be different ages at which an individual is considered mature enough for society to entrust them with certain privileges and responsibilities. Such privileges and responsibilities include driving a vehicle, having legal sexual relations, serving in the armed forces or on a jury, purchasing and drinking alcohol, purchase of tobacco products, voting, entering into contracts, finishing certain levels of education, marriage, and accountability for upholding the law. Adolescence is usually accompanied by an increased independence allowed by the parents or legal guardians, including less supervision as compared to preadolescence.
In studying adolescent development, adolescence can be defined biologically, as the physical transition marked by the onset of puberty and the termination of physical growth; cognitively, as changes in the ability to think abstractly and multi-dimensionally; or socially, as a period of preparation for adult roles. Major pubertal and biological changes include changes to the sex organs, height, weight, and muscle mass, as well as major changes in brain structure and organization. Cognitive advances encompass both increment in knowledge and in the ability to think abstractly and to reason more effectively. The study of adolescent development often involves interdisciplinary collaborations. For example, researchers in neuroscience or bio-behavioral health might focus on pubertal changes in brain structure and its effects on cognition or social relations. Sociologists interested in adolescence might focus on the acquisition of social roles (e.g., worker or romantic partner) and how this varies across cultures or social conditions. Developmental psychologists might focus on changes in relations with parents and peers as a function of school structure and pubertal status. Some scientists have questioned the universality of adolescence as a developmental phase, arguing that traits often considered typical of adolescents are not in fact inherent to the teenage years.

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  1. bagasme

    When All TV Programs are Rated on Teen

    Let's say that we have XYZ TV channel, which offers wide variety of programs; from cartoons for children to telenovelas to live sport coverage and news. However, the rating agency for TV programs and films (like ESRB for games) rated all such program on teen (suitable for age 13 and up). The...
  2. Brent Lingenfelter

    Teen Struggling to Become a Theoretical Physicist?

    I'm 14 years old, and I would like to become a Theoretical Physicist. There is an issue though and I don't know what to do. The problem is in math/science "I have to take biology this year :(" class I am so bored they take the fun out of learning. Also everything is way way too slow I am...
  3. whitsona

    Class Making a T.E.A. Laser-- we have questions....

    I run a Maker group for teens in Florida at the Pensacola MESS Hall. We are building a T.E.A. Laser powered by a Wimshurst machine along the lines of a Rimstar project we found on YouTube. But, we have some questions about the laser it will produce: (1) I read that the TEA Laser has high...
  4. P

    How do I cope with the transition from teenager to adult?

    I don't want to be an adult, this idea freaks me out and makes me feel old Is 18 still an adolescent or is considered adult? When are you an adult and no more an adolescent? 20? What's the difference between teen and adolescent? And how did you dealed with the teen-adult transition? Was it...
  5. K

    Slovak teen who would love to get into science

    So I am a 17 years old girl from Slovak Republic. Central Europe, or Eastern. I do not really know, classifications differ. Forgive me for my grammar and spelling (I use UK spelling because that is what I have learned in school.) I am one year away from "maturita", aka exams in my country that...
  6. EthanCanSchool

    Should I Tutor My Classmate in Chemistry?

    Hi, My name's Ethan and I plan on being a teacher. I am doing good in my chemistry class with an A and a girl in my class asked if i would tutor her. This happened today. I don't if i should do it because i feel as if she won't understand what I'm saying. Should I just go for it? She also asked...
  7. akshaya

    Get to Know Akshaya: A Newbie Interested in Astrophysics and More

    Hello guys! My name is Akshaya and I'm new to PhysicsForums. To start off, I'm 16 and Leo. I aspire to become an astrophysicist/ theoretical physicist. My love for astronomy, physics and maths is as big as the universe. My inspirations are Stephen Hawking, Albert Einstein and Brian Greene...
  8. OmCheeto

    Jack Andraka, the Teen Prodigy of Pancreatic Cancer

    I saw a video of Jack on Upworthy this morning. Interesting kid. I read several articles about him. Someone at Forbes said they didn't include him in their "30 under 30" list, because he'd never published in a peer reviewed journal, nor were his numerical claims correct. I thought that...
  9. Superposed_Cat

    Brain-controlled exoskeleton for teen to kickoff at World Cup

    Using a sophisticated mind-controlled exoskeleton, a paralyzed teen will kick the first ball at the upcoming World Cup 2014 soccer tournament in Brazil... http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-57616515-1/world-cup-to-begin-with-mind-controlled-exoskeleton-kick/?ttag=fbwp EDIT to the title...
  10. baywax

    Teen uses Fibonacci sequence to make solar energy breakthrough

    What do you think? http://www.amnh.org/nationalcenter/youngnaturalistawards/2011/images/aidan_large_08.jpg http://ca.news.yahoo.com/blogs/good-news/teen-aidan-dwyer-uses-fibonacci-sequence-solar-energy-182220725.html
  11. zoobyshoe

    Police Tazer, Pepperspray, and Beat Mentally Challenged Teen

    DAYTON, Ohio (CN) - Dayton police "mistook" a mentally handicapped teenager's speech impediment for "disrespect," so they Tasered, pepper-sprayed and beat him and called for backup from "upward of 20 police officers" after the boy rode his bicycle home to ask his mother for help, the boy's mom...
  12. Evo

    Teen suspended for religious nose ring

    The teenager, Ariana Iacono, belongs to the Church of Body Modification. Should "religious" items of clothing and jewelry be forbidden in non-parochial schools? http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_rel_piercing_church
  13. Danger

    John Travolta: Tragic Loss of a Teen Son

    I just saw on the news that John Travolta's teenaged son died of a siezure, which he had a history of. Whatever one might think of Mr. Travolta as an actor, or a (non-intrusive) Scientologist, or anything else, nobody should ever have to witness the death of an offspring. I happen to like his...
  14. V

    Teen with home chemistry lab mistakenly arrested for meth production

    http://blog.makezine.com/archive/2008/12/teen_with_home_chemistry_lab_mistak.html This is insane. Cops need to get the hell of their high horse. There was no investigation, no looking for evidence before an arrest. How did they get the search warrant? Do judges really believe that anyone...
  15. T

    Impatient Teen Engineer and Physicist

    for someone who is interested in getting a masters in Electrical Engineering and a masters or PhD physicist who is still in their teens and in high school; what do you recommend they spend their time doing besides strengthening teamwork skills? [LIST] *they've got 5+ years till they should...
  16. Evo

    Is Miss Teen USA perpetuating outdated beauty standards?

    The beauty pageant is on tv tonight. I can't believe that in this day and age we still have beauty pageants for women. "If I win, I want to bring peace to the world through my baton twirling skills".
  17. Evo

    NJ teen unlocks iPhone from AT&T network

    The sad news is that the only other carrier it will work with is T-Mobile, which is on the same type of antiquated, slower than molasses network. :rolleyes: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070824/ap_on_hi_te/iphone_unlocked
  18. K

    Can Dyslexic Teen Moms Find Alternative Parenting Resources?

    Here's the situation: I have a friend, who just told me that one of her good friends is pregnant at 19. The part that really strikes me is that she sounds as if she is happy about it, and is cheerfully picking out names and things. I recommended that she buy her friend a book on teen...
  19. F

    Weed & Alcohol: Impact on Teen Development

    In humans, what exactly will happen to a young teen if he/she does weed and alcohol? Like will their growth stop such as their sex organs and their height and whatnot, or will their brain stop maturing or what? Which of the propaganda is true?
  20. Math Is Hard

    News Teen wins court battle to stop chemo

    This is an interesting case I've been following on the news. I really wasn't sure which way it would go since he is a minor. http://www.cnn.com/2006/LAW/08/16/cancer.teen.ap/index.html
  21. Math Is Hard

    Are there math forums for advanced teen physicists?

    I pulled this up recently while Googling "math forums": Physics Help and Math Help - Physics Forums A place for advanced teen physicists to discuss any topic of physics other science/math issues. I think I am too old to hang out here. I am surprised I wasn't carded when I joined...
  22. Pengwuino

    Teen Pregnancy: Is Physiology Key?

    Ok so here's the situation, some 13 year old gets pregnant and wants to have an abortion. Someone shoots this statement at me " Are you also aware that at 13, her body is VERY likely not physically equipped to be able to bring up the baby, and it will be very difficult for it, and her, to...
  23. D

    Teen Pregnacy, Sex, Abortion, Statistics

    My teen sent me these statistics regarding teen pregnancy, sex, abortion, after seeing a documentary film at Sundance, regarding one girls attempts to get sex ed at her High School, in Lubbock, Texas. There they have some practice where girls "marry their parents", and promise to not have sex...
  24. dduardo

    Bill Gates Poses for Teen Beat 1983

    http://blog.monkeymethods.org/2005/01/bill-gates-strikes-pose-for-teen-beat.html Arggh, the goggles, they do nothing! :eek:
  25. ShawnD

    Why are teenage boys such jerks?

    It's somewhat generally accepted that teenage boys are jerks because of high testosterone levels. I just saw a program on TV about sex, and there was a chart showing average testosterone levels as men age. The program pointed out that a man's sexual peak based on testosterone levels is not at...