During the adolescent stage, one is likely to become aware of transformations in the way children interrelate with other people and friends. Each child has a different expressive and social growth (Center for Biotechnology, 2016). The changes in the development of a child are shaped by a unique connection of genes, environment as well as brain development. Experiences with peers, friends and family, are also a contributing factor to the development of the relationship of the adolescent child (Center for Biotechnology, 2016). The stage is marred with adolescent quest to identify with the society as well as where they fit in the real world. The urge to seek independence at this particular stage is likely to influence the decisions the child makes and the relationship the child has with family and friends (Center for Biotechnology, 2016). Therefore, the aim of this paper is to assess how typical adolescent friendships change as children move through the period of adolescence.
Children tend to spend extra time with their age mates hence influencing their peer relationship (Center for Biotechnology, 2016). It is linked with deepening of friendship regarding the devotions, closeness and the rate of acceptance of variations among the friends. The process of friendship development among the adolescent children always experiences both negative and positive challenges, as some children will undergo depression and deviance while others may embrace academic excellence and pro-social behavior (Center for Biotechnology, 2016). Ego development plays a very crucial role in determining the kind of relationship children will have at the adolescent stage. Early stages of development, children are always egocentric that is associated with limited comprehension of emotional and interpersonal attributes (Center for Biotechnology, 2016). Ego development relates how adolescent children interact with close friends equally. Children with high ego will tend to pose larger individual compassion and psychological protection in a close relationship (Center for Biotechnology, 2016). Moreover, teenagers with high rate of ego are likely to acknowledge the variations that exist among individuals as well as understanding the complex nature of relationship during the adolescence stage. Through this, they can show compassion towards people they deem important in their lives (Center for Biotechnology, 2016). Therefore, ego development contributes to early friendship formation to allow adolescents develop better approaches to interacting with their friends and peers over time (Center for Biotechnology, 2016).
Similarly, adolescent stage experiences brain development an indication that teenagers will seek new experiences through engaging in more risky behaviors (Australian Parenting, 2016). However, they still have the ability to control their impulses in the process. As the brain develops, they are in a better place to think about what is right and wrong hence a development a of set of values and morals that help them on how they carry their self out in the relationship (Australian Parenting, 2016). They slowly learn that they are responsible for their actions alongside decisions that they make in the process of relationship. In the process, they are likely to discover a sexual identity hence indulging in romantic relationships (Australian Parenting, 2016). When they reach the stage of romantic relationships, they will want to spend more time with their friends rather than families. It is because they will tend to avoid arguments with parents in a bid to seek more independence hence a demonstration that the child is maturing (Australian Parenting, 2016).
In conclusion, it is important to support teenage children in their relationships through acting as role models and maintaining positive relationships with the children (Australian Parenting, 2016). Through this, they are likely to observe relationship where people coexist peacefully and respect each other through deploying affirmative ways of solving conflicts (Australian Parenting, 2016). Furthermore, taking the children about relationships and sex is important in finding out what they already know hence can help in rectifying misinformation and giving real facts. It will assist the teenage children in having a healthy relationship through upholding appropriate behavior and values (Center for Biotechnology, 2016).
Center for Biotechnology, N. (2016). The Changing Nature of Adolescent Friendships Longitudinal Links With Early Adolescent Ego Development. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2424227/
Parenting, A. (2016). Social & emotional changes: adolescence | Raising Children Network. Retrieved from http://raisingchildren.net.au/articles/social_and_emotional_development_teenagers.html/context/1156