Psychology 218

PSYC 218: Adolescent Psychology

Prerequisites: PSYC 121

Credit Hours: (3)

Emotional, social, physical, personality and cognitive aspects of human development in adolescence.

Note(s): Students cannot receive credit for both PSYC 318 and PSYC 218.


Detailed Description of Course Content

1. Theories and Methodology
2. Biology and Adolescence
3. Cognitive Development in Adolescence
4. Adolescence and the Family
5. Adolescent Sexuality
6. Identity, Love, and Work
7. Moral Development
8. Adolescent Health Issues
9. Atypical Development in Adolescence
10. Adolescence in Cross-Cultural Perspective


Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

A lecture format supplemented by textbook assignments, discussions, films/video tapes, student presentations (oral and/or written) is utilized to engender knowledge of adolescent development and behavior. Service learning is optional.


Goals and Objectives of the Course

Students will be able:

1. To develop understanding of issues and concerns influencing child and adolescent development and behavior.
2. To develop knowledge of physical changes and their impact on the child and adolescent.
3. To develop knowledge relating to early and late maturation.
4. To develop understanding of the significance of the development of identity during adolescence.
5. To develop knowledge of gender identity and sex role identity.
6. To develop knowledge of family's role in development of identity.
7. To develop understanding of cognitive abilities of child and adolescence.
8. To develop understanding of relationship of cognitive development and moral development.
9. To develop knowledge and understanding of the nature of peer group influence during adolescence.
10. To develop understanding of influence during child and adolescence on drug/alcohol use, school drop-out, delinquency, suicide, and depression.
11. To develop knowledge and understanding of sexual development and sexuality during adolescence.
12. To develop knowledge and understanding regarding vocational goals and vocational choices and their influence on identity and adjustment.
13. To develop knowledge of common psychological and psychophysiological problems seen in adolescence, and their treatment approaches.


Assessment Measures

Graded assignments may include in-class tests, a final examination, pop quizzes, the assignment and presentation of exercises and projects, and class preparation and participation.


Other Course Information

It is suggested (but not required) that students take child psychology prior to this course.


Review and Approval

September 2001 Updated and put in new format Alastair V. E. Harris