Influence Of Age Of Anxiety On Human Development

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The modern technological world has been aptly characterized as “the Age of Anxiety”. Such characterization arises from the fact that at every stage of human development — from conception through birth, early childhood, late childhood, adolescence, adulthood, to old age, the individual is subjected to a number of stresses and conflicts to which he must make continuous adjustments. But perhaps there is no stage of development at which these stresses and conflicts are more acute than at adolescence since, at this stage, physiological changes combine with psychological and societal factors to make that period a particularly critical one for the individual. The degree of success which the adolescence attains in coping with these problems will determine his effectiveness and overall satisfaction in life.
Relative to this, the adolescent stage is referred to as a transition period where a person leaves behind the childhood years and is expected to embrace adulthood. Adolescence has been called the period of “storm and stress” (Hurlock, 1982) and turmoil (Monaster, 1989) which can be attributed to the heightened development task within the scope of psychological, social, emotional and cognitive aspect. To Erickson (1962) and Harter (1990), it is a transitional phase burdened with confusion and the
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(Ambida-Cinco,L. 2008). Analogously, Maliti, (2012) stated that guidance and counseling in the schools intend to prevent and solve the obvious psychological, physiological, social, educational and vocational problems that adolescents face as they prepare for adulthood. However, it has been observed that a good number of learners do not seek guidance and counseling services although they still need assistance for their developmental and academic

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