Moral Development in Adolescents
Keywords:adolescent; moral; social, behavior; judgments
Adolescence is considered a period of extended behavioral opportunity. Adolescents begin
to make choices within a behavioral ecology that were not available to them during childhood. Study
volume, decisions to smoke, drink alcohol, choosing friends, managing health-related behaviors are
emerging issues in the decision-making process of many teenagers. Transitional behaviors are defined
as behaviors that adolescents overtly or implicitly use to signal upcoming adulthood. These behaviors
may have other purposes, but at least part of their status is to socially represent the transitional
characteristics of adolescence.
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