Adolescence - Sociology
Adolescence can be defined as the transitional period between childhood and adulthood that is marked by numerous physical changes along with psychological, intellectual, and emotional developments. Traditionally, the stage of adolescence, commonly defined as between 12 and 19 years old, with wide allowance for individual variants to the typical timetable, has been characterized as a time of turbulence, rebellion, and instability. Changes in social, emotional, and physical development, often occurring concurrently, can be complex and confusing and consequently bring on a crisis of identity and self-esteem that are manifested in forms ranging from moodiness to delinquency. However, recent scholars have questioned the validity of the crisis paradigm and have offered new theories of adolescent development that describe the period in a more positive light.