Adolescence (11-18) - Figuring Out the Self

Adolescence is often considered one of the most tumultuous periods of life. Rapid, unpredictable change--such that occurs in puberty--can ramp up feelings of fear and uncertainty (8). Adolescents, who often have not yet developed healthy coping mechanisms to deal with uncertainty, frequently respond to these changes with volatility in attitudes, moods, and behaviors (8).