GreenHills High School
123MAGNOLIA STHEMPSTEAD NY 11550–1234UNITED STATES OFAMERICA.
Greetingsmy dear sister. I miss you so much since I received work transfer toBoston, which is several kilometers away from home. Anyway, I amdoing well in my new workstation.
Theobjective of penning this letter is shedding light on significantdevelopmental changes you should expect as you approach puberty.During early adolescence, the development of socio-emotional changesis recognized as a significant aspect. This is for the main reasonthat one undergoes through various passages such as movement frombeing overly dependent on parents to an independent individual, andfrom puberty into sexual identify. This period is stressful and maylead to a variety of challenges.
Thefirst expectation during this stage is the need to develop autonomyfrom one’s parent upon realizing that they cater for most of thebasic needs. It is at this time that a girl observes her parentshortcomings, and makes conclusions of having more knowledge thanthem. Thus, in her search of this independence they may turn intorebels and reject their parents’ views as stupid and outdated(Slee, 2012). This process of attaining autonomy is long anddifficult not only for the girls but parents, teachers and others inthe society. Furthermore, this process is usually misunderstood sincegirls are labeled as rebellious. As a result, parents develop anxietyand start to feel rejected by their girls who show less interest inthem (Zastrow & Kirst-Ashman, 2010).
Itis at this stage that a girl’s self-consciousness about theirself-image becomes high. As a result, the girl will try to establishtheir distinct identity that is different from any established familyvalues. On the other hand, they start to explore the worldindependently without their parent’s supervision. Unfortunately,spending less time with their parents tend to lead into increasedconflict concerning their independence. Alternatively, the girl willstart to spend more time with other girls and show an increasedemotional dependency on their close friends. At the same time, theytend to show an increased level of empathy towards their friends.Moreover, they tend to seek support from friends and cliques and as aresult, girls are likely to become susceptible to peer pressure(Pulkkinen, Kaprio & Rose, 2011).
Theother expectation of a girl during the adolescence stage is that theytend to have an increased level of stress. The main problemsadolescence encountered by young girls during adolescence is anidentity crisis. At this stage, it is crucial that one establishes aself-identity and determine how best to deal with strength andweakness of that identity. Meanwhile, girls at this stage will startto have an interest in boys. They will form relationships and expresstheir sexual feelings as well as enjoy physical contact with oppositegender (Kail & Cavanaugh, 2013).
Onthe other hand, the young girls at this stage face the challenge ofsexual coercion and abuse. As a result, this will lead to teenagepregnancy. However, a girl can adopt and maintain a healthy lifestylethat will help them get through this stage. The first thing girls cando to get through this stage is to identify a supportive adult whothey can share their curiosity with and questions concerning the newsocial-emotional changes. Girls at this stage will developassertiveness skills where needs and wants can be easily expressed(Breinbauer & Maddaleno, 2005).
Finally,I wish I developed an ideal ego that would help me envision thefuture instead of becoming vulnerable to peer pressure. As a girl,one needs to possess the ability to identify both present andupcoming needs to envision themselves in the future, as well as learnon how to cope with the overwhelming stressors.
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Kail,R. V., & Cavanaugh, J. (2013). Human Development: A Life-SpanView (6th ed). Belmont: Cengage Learning/Wadsworth.
Pulkkinen,L., Kaprio, J., & Rose, R. J. (2011). Socioemotionaldevelopment and health from adolescence to adulthood.Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Slee,P. T. (2012). Child,Adolescent and Family Development.Cambridge University Press.
Zastrow,C., & Kirst-Ashman, K. K. (2010). Understandinghuman behavior and the social environment.Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole Cengage Learning.