Adolescence And Its Effects On Society Essay

1451 Words Dec 3rd, 2016 6 Pages
Adolescence, as many of us can easily recall, is quite a turbulent time in life. All sorts of changes are happening as an individual matures from a child into an adult. Adolescents must learn to handle not only the biological changes of puberty, but also the social changes. From navigating the social waters at school with peers and friends, to adjusting to the often-tumultuous shift from parental dependence to autonomous independence, to grasping the realities of how to function in society and what that means for the individual personally. These hurdles are difficult enough to manage on their own, though most of us are able to overcome them without too much hassle or interference. Unfortunately, this is not the case for every child. Life is unpredictable and unfair, and sometimes it throws additional obstacles on top of those already present. Things like poverty, divorce, death of a parent, abuse, neglect, parental drug and alcohol use, to name a few all add to the already present stress of adolescence. Some children are resilient and rise above their conditions—still, others are not so lucky. When the strain becomes too much and children see no other outlets for their frustration, or viable options for their survival, they may turn to unorthodox methods to alleviate their stress. Siegel and Welsh (2014) define juvenile delinquency as “participation in illegal behavior by a minor who falls under a statutory age limit.” The good news is that, overall, juvenile delinquency…

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