However, adolescence is also age of opportunity because many things are established around this time – adolescents establish their identity, philosophy, relationship, social life, and so on. Especially, adolescents establish the way they think about themselves and build romantic and sexual relationships. Furthermore, unlike when they were children, they have to do it on their own. In short, the adolescent transition is when adolescent transits from being a child, dependent upon one’s parents, to an independent and self-reliant adult. It represents one of the most dynamic, broad and influential periods of human development. And development in this period contributes to a broad range of behaviors, perceptions, risks and resiliency (Jodi, 2014). In other words, adolescence can be so opportune once adolescents grow up healthy during this period.
What people who work with adolescent should know is that
there is a crucial set of brain changes during adolescence new possibilities,
and new purposes fueling the adolescent mind and relationships that have never
existed in childhood. However, these positive potentials are often impeded by
adults’ rigid view and yet they can be still developed and used more
effectively and more wisely when we know how to find them and how to cultivate them (Gotlieb,
also argues that society needs to invest in the period of adolescence because
the brain will never again be as plastic.
There are four recommendations based in science to improve American adolescent life. First, although the peer relationships become more important and parent child relationships become less important in adolescence, parental role is still important. Studies have shown that parent child relationship may be still important than peer relationship. Studies have shown that parent support remain the best indicator of emotional problems during adolescence (Helsen, 1999). In study of other group, the greatest number of relationship with positive variables involved perceived intimacy with mothers, and many more well-being variables were positively associated with parent relations as opposed to peer relations (Paterson, Pryor, & Field, 1995). Therefore, society should create an atmosphere that promotes interest in parent-adolescent relationships. I also had a difficult time when I was an adolescent. However, my parent cared about me a lot. For instance, I talked to my parents at least 30 minutes a day and I was able to share my concerns and and they expressed interest. It helped me overcome this chaotic period.