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1

What does adolescence mean?

-meaning of it depends on society in which is being used. = social contruct
- considered a 'social construct' as word invented to describe transitional period between childhood and adulthood, usually spanning 6-10 years. time when developmental changes occur.
- doesn't exist in all societies.
- recent term

many societies where word doesn't exist as concept doesn't exist

2

Where is the term mostly recognisable? Why?

- in westernised societies such as aus, britain, US as have a very diff course of development to other S+Cs.
- dont have cope with responsibilities of finding sufficient food to survive, guaranteeing shelter daily, or being responsible for physical survival of family units.

3

What is seen as the step towards adulthood in westernised societies?

- employments, part time jobs seen as gradual stepping stone towards adulthood.

4

What is adolescence in other cultures?

- young ppl in Asia, Africa or Latin American countries
- education not guaranteed = only available to wealthy
- child labour common
- life on street commonplace reality
- concept of having time out to develop interests and identity incomprehensible to ppl in situation