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2017-2018 Saint Joseph’s College Online 
2017-2018 Saint Joseph’s College Online [Archived Catalog]

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PY 306 - Adolescent Psychology

A theoretical and practical exploration of adolescent development in light of the physiological, cognitive, and social changes of this period. Readings and student assignments will serve to relate the research and theory presented in the readings with relevant and practical adolescent behavior.

Prerequisites & Notes
PY 101

Assignment Overview
Assignments: 5 Units/12 Lessons

Interactivity: Discussion Board


Course Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this course, you should be able to do the following: 

  • Discuss the interaction of the biological, cognitive, and social transitions that affect an adolescent’s development.
  • Develop an understanding of the complex interaction between nature and nurture on the biopsychosocial development of the adolescent.
  • Distinguish between healthy and unhealthy family interactions and the influence of these effects on the psychological well-being of the adolescent.
  • Explain the interaction of the social and cultural effects on an adolescent’s identity and development through involvement with peer groups.
  • Apply your understanding of various school systems, media influences, and leisure activities that influence an adolescent’s level of achievement to a model of maximizing an adolescent’s development.
  • Discuss the interaction of the theories of identity and autonomy with cultural, ethnic, social, and psychological influences.
  • Develop a working model of the most effective means to influence healthy autonomy and identity formation in adolescents.
  • Identify the unique cultural and social pressures that affect an adolescent’s sexual development.
  • Discuss the theoretical bases for the formation of intimate relationships in adolescents.
  • Describe the influence of externalizing or internalizing problems in stressful situations on the development of psychosocial problems in adolescents.

Credits: 3

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