and adolescent psychology involves looking
at the issues, stages and various influences that a child experiences
throughout their development into functioning adults. Child
and adolescent psychology can be divided into two main areas -
the actual process of psychological development that the child
goes through when growing up and the analysis and treatment of
the various problems that a child may face throughout their development.
(12 - 18 years old) is a particularly hard time for children.
They are experiencing all kinds of new changes in their bodies
and in their feelings. As well, they often feel misunderstood
as they are struggling to leave behind their childhood
and become adults. Adolescence has commonly been characterized
by issues such as rebellious behaviour, lying, cheating, school
performance problems, negative attitudes, disobedience and disrespect,
sibling rivalry, drug and alcohol abuse, pressures from peers,
depression, and issues of sexuality. For more information on these
topics, see the Problems
Children and Teens Face section.
of Teens & Children