Adolescent Cognitive Development

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Apply what you have learned to one of the possible decisions faced by adolescents below:

  • Whether or not to engage in sexual activity with a dating partner.
  • Whether or not to drink alcohol.
  • Whether or not to cheat on an assignment.
  • Whether or not to get a summer job.
  • Whether or not to get into a physical fight.

For your chosen topic, address the following:

  • Describe the factors that influence an adolescent’s cognitive development and decision-making processes.
    • Include relationship, cultural, and environmental factors.
  • Identify the biological and cognitive perspectives of adolescent development.
    • Describe how the biological and cognitive perspective would explain an adolescent’s decision making.
  • Identify family patterns that may influence cognitive development.
    • Describe how family patterns might explain an adolescent’s cognitive development and decision making.



  • Communication: Apply critical thinking and communication skills concerning adolescent psychology in a manner that is scholarly, professional, and respectful.
    • Use higher order thinking skills that go beyond simply summarizing issues.
    • Your writing should contain no grammatical or spelling errors.
  • Resources: Be sure to support the paper with concepts from your assigned reading. Include at least two peer-reviewed, scholarly resources, which are no more than five years old.
  • APA Guidelines: Use current edition APA style and formatting for your writing and references.
    • Cite course materials and supplemental journal articles using APA style in-text references and a reference list.
    • Consult study resources to help you in writing and formatting your paper.
  • Length: Your paper should be 2–3 pages in length, excluding the title and reference pages.
  • Size and Font: Times New Roman, 12 point.


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