Physical Development
Moral and Cognitive Development
Social Development
Adolescent suicide
Physical Development
Adolescence - the developmental stage
between childhood and adulthood.
Puberty- the period at
which maturation of
sexual organs occurs.
Moral Cognitive Development
"Heinz Steals the Drug
In Europe, a woman was near death from a special kind of cancer. There
was one drug that the doctors thought might save her. It was a form of
radium that a druggist in the same town had recently discovered. The drug
was expensive to make, but the druggist was charging ten times what the
drug cost him to make. He paid $200 for the radium and charged $2,000
for a small dose of the drug.
The sick woman's husband, Heinz, went to everyone he knew to borrow
the money, but he could only get together about $ 1,000 which is half of
what it cost. He told the druggist that his wife was dying and asked him to
sell it cheaper or let him pay later. But the druggist said: "No, I discovered
the drug and I'm going to make money from it." So Heinz got desperate
and broke into the man's store to steal the drug-for his wife. Should the
husband have done that? (Kohlberg, 1963)."
Kohlberg’s Theory of Moral
Kohlberg's Stages of Moral Development
Level One:
Pre- conventional Morality
Level Two:
Conventional Morality
Level Three:
Post-Conventional Morality
Moral Development in women
Men view morality primarily in terms
of broad principles such as justice
and fairness.
Women- see it in terms of
responsibility towards individuals
and willingness to make sacrifices
to help a specific individual within
the context of particular
relationship. A morality of caring.
Social Development
Identity- versus- role – confusion stage -it is the time of major testing to
determine one’s unique qualities.
Identity- the distinguishing character of the
Stormy Adolescence: Myth or Reality?
Adolescent Suicide
Some statistics:
In 2001 The total number of suicide deaths was 30,622.
The actual number of suicides is two to three times higher than
statistics indicate.
It is estimated that 300 to 400 teen suicides occur per year in Los
Angeles County alone; equivalent to one teenager lost every
The ratio of male to female suicides is four to one. However,
young women attempt suicide four times more frequently.
Every 90 minutes another young person commits suicide.
Adolescent is the developmental stage between
childhood and adulthood. Every person has to
live it through. For some it is easy period of
life, for some it is difficult experience.
Thank you for your attention!
Any questions?
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