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ADOLESCENT PSYCHOLOGY Some Sample Course Notes - Adolescence is a time of rapid change and development. Some of the issues considered in the course relate to school problems and eating problems. These can be a cause of concern for parents, teachers and the teenager themselves. School Problems School problems can also be due to emotional and intellectual problems, but as it can also be related to rebellion against authority, we will discuss it further here. Refusal to go to school can be due to a number of problems - Some children may be perfectionists. They may become depressed and unsettled if they do not do as well as they expect to. They may have a disturbed family life due to various factors, such as loss of a parent through death or divorce, parental relationship difficulties and so on. They may experience difficulties being separated from their parents. Their school problems may be an established pattern. Some children may have established a pattern of missing school early in life. They may often have physical symptoms such as headaches or stomach aches. Some teenagers may go to school, then play truant. This is usually because they are unhappy at home and frustrated at school. They may want to spend their days with others who feel the same way. Emotional problems can affect school work. It can make it hard to concentrate. They may have worries about themselves, about home, pressure to do well, pass exams and so on. They may want to do well and push themselves. But excessive nagging and pushing can be counter-productive. Whilst exams are important, they should not be allowed to dominate the teenager's life or cause them unhappiness. Another problem is bullying. Around 1 in 10 secondary school children is bullied at some point, 1 in 20 every week. Eating Problems Weight can be a problem. If an adolescent is overweight and made fun of, they are more likely to dislike themselves and become depressed. This can lead to inactivity and comfort eating, which makes the weight problem worse. It is important to ensure that adolescents are happy with themselves, whatever their appearance. Many adolescents diet. Only a few will develop serious eating disorders - around 1% of teenagers develop anorexia, 2% bulimia. But, these are more likely to occur in children who have taken up serious dieting, think little of themselves, are under stress and have been overweight as a child. (taken from the Adolescent Psychology course) COURSE STRUCTURE The course consists of ten lessons including -

ADOLESCENT PSYCHOLOGY Some Sample Course Notes - Adolescence is a time of rapid change and development. Some of the issues considered in the course relate to school problems and eating problems. These can be a cause of concern for parents, teachers and the teenager themselves. School Problems School problems can also be due to emotional and intellectual problems, but as it can also be related to...

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