Adolescence

  • Heinz Dilemma

    A voice from off camera reads the classic dilemma of Heinz to a young teen. The teen hears that Heinz stole the drug for his dying wife, and considers it the wrong decision. He explains his stance as stealing is wrong and is skeptical of the decision for practical reasons. Which stage would you consider the teen in and what…

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  • Puberty, Whats That?

    The video is a montage of footage from classic sexual education videos spliced together. Female puberty begins the video, with the male experience of puberty starting at 2:17. Overt physical changes, masturbation, and orgasm are included. Footage on pimples begins at 4:40 and mood swings at 5:03. Does the formula for classic sexual education videos remain successful today? Or, is…

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  • Gender Roles

    A student satirizes the work of anthropologists and naturalists. Stephanie Irwin takes footage of men and women gearing up for mating season at a shopping mall. Students are interviewed on how male behavior differs from female behavior, defining characteristics of each, and gender stereotypes. How does male behavior differ from female behavior? How might this project differ if the interview…

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  • Sleep Research

    In this news report from Australia, we learn about sleep problems in children and teenagers. Research suggests that adolescents need as much as 9 hours of sleep a night. However, as they get older, their sleep quality changes, with less time in deep sleep, leaving them more tired during the day, even if they are getting the same amount of…

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  • Group Identity, Social Norms, and Cliques – Freaks and Geeks TV Show

    This clip from the television show Freaks and Geeks serves to set up the different reference groups in a high school. In early adolescents, young people form a scheme an orchestrated, integrated set of ideas about the norms, expectations, and status hierarchy of the salient groups in their social world. Is there a difference in the way one categorizes ones…

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  • Peer Pressure

    This scene is from the television show Cold Case. In it, two high school students discuss peer pressure  one explains why she succumbs to it, and the other argues that it is easy to ignore. Peer pressure refers to demands for conformity to group norms and a demonstration of commitment and loyalty to group members. What are some lessons learned…

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  • Teens & Eating Disorders

    In this news report from Seattle, Dr. Cora Breuner discusses teens and eating disorders. She provides parents with warning signs to look for to aid with early detection. What triggered the eating disorder in the teen interviewed here? Why are adolescents particularly susceptible to eating disorders?

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  • STD Myths

    This video was made by Sex, Etc., an organization dedicated to teaching teens about sexual health. In the clip, teens discuss sexually transmitted diseases (also called sexually transmitted infections) and interview other teens to uncover myths about these conditions. What percentage of teenagers contracts a STD/STI every year?

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  • Adolescent Egocentrism

    This student project depicts mother and son sock puppets explaining various psychological concepts. Do you understand these concepts after watching the clip? How would you define imaginary audience, personal fable, and adolescent egocentrism, and would it be different from how these concepts are presented here?

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  • Bi-Racial Hair: The Film

    This short film was inspired by and features a poem by 13-year-old Zora called Bi-Racial Hair. The film weaves between fictional reenactments, archival footage of the civil rights movement, and Zora’s infamous live spoken word performance, illustrating the struggles youth of mixed color face with identity and social position. How might a more complicated ethnic identity affect a teen already…

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