Social Development        

6-8 Years old

9-11 Years Old

12-14 Years old

15-18 Years old

See adults as authority

 

Behave in ways to avoid punishment

 

Are learning about self in relation to others

 

See parents and family as primary role models

Identifying with same sex groups and feel loyalty to group

 

Prefer cooperative activities

 

See older teens as role models

 

Still see adults as authority but are moving toward taking responsibility for own actions

Are learning to live with opposite sex group

 

Strive for independence and question authority

 

Choose role models from adult public figures

Search for intimacy and relationship skills

 

Are testing sexual attractiveness

 

See adults as fallible and can initiate and carry out tasks

 

Want adult leadership roles

Reference: Youth Works (Kansas State University). (2001). Lets Start Where They Are, Part 1 [Interactive DVD]