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Introduction Domain Life stages Conclusion

 Early Adolescence: Ages 13 - 15

 Biological

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Body continues to grow in height and weight

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Girlsgrowth spurt peaks, while boys typically begin it

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Motor performance gradually increases, but often levels off for girls

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Girls usually start to menstruate and boys to ejaculate

 Cognitive

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Formal operational reasoning, the capacity for abstract, scientific thought, emerges

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Thinking becomes more self-conscious, idealistic, and critical

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Metacognition and self-regulation further develop

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Vocabulary expands to include abstract words

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Understanding and grasp of complex grammar continues to improve

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Ability to grasp irony and sarcasm develops

 Psychosocial

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Issues of identity emerge, potentially leading to crisis in sense of self

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Sexual orientation begins to emerge

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Psychological disorders and sociocultural-adaptational disorders may emerge

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Strives for autonomy in relation to family continues to increase, and parent-child conflicts more likely to occur

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Friendships have greater emphasis on intimacy and loyalty

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Conformity to peer pressure increases



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