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MILESTONES OF EARLY ADOLESCENCE

MILESTONE
CONSEQUENCE FOR CHILD
EFFECT ON FAMILY

Starts to build up a set up values, develop a personal sense of morality.


Questioning (and possibly setting aside) ideas and values absorbed from the family.

Can lead to problems if the child seems to reject attitudes that the parents value highly.

Starts to make lasting and more intimate friendships.


Wants to spend less time with the family and more time with friends.

Parents worry about influence of friends and resent being "treated like a hotel".

Accepts own sexuality, forms sexual relationships that involve feelings he or she may never have had to deal with before.

Starts dating. Guards privacy and may seem secretive. Relationships may be short.


Parents' anxiety about child's safety and feelings may make them too intrusive.

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