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Adolescent Socio-Emotional Development

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Rachel Zuroff

on 25 October 2012

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Transcript of Adolescent Socio-Emotional Development

Rachel Zuroff Adolescent Socio-Emotional Development Introduction Owlana is an adolescent owl. As a
teenage bird, Owlana is undergoing
many changes in her life, both socially
and emotionally. We will venture into
the treetops where Owlana and her friends
spend their days to see what life is like
as an adolescent owl. Owlana knows she has an exam in
her Bird History class tomorrow morning, and Mrs. Hoot expects everyone to study seven chapters of the textbook, but Owlana is more
concerned with celebrating her
birthday than studying for
Bird History. Today is Owlana's sixteenth birthday.
She is having a big party tonight, and
is really excited. She invited all of her
friends over to her tree and even
invited Owlfred, the cute owl boy
she's been crushing on. The Adolescent Owl All of Owlana’s friends, including Owlfred, arrive at her tree by half past 10. However, last minute, Owlana’s friend Owlivia texted her to let her know she cannot come, since she needs to study for Mrs. Hoot’s test. Owlana responds, “Well, I know I’m going to fail it anyway…” Owlana had carefully procured a playlist of the most popular songs and bands to play at her party. The playlist includes songs from Lady HootHoot, Owldele, Chirply Rae Hootsen, deadowl5 and Owl City. As the party is picking up speed, Owlizabeth reveals she stole some alcohol from her parent’s liquor cabinet. Owlana does not really want to drink, but she’s afraid of seeming uncool, so she lets other people drink. She knows she is underage and drinking is illegal, and she wants to obey the law. Everyone is having a great time at Owlana’s party. Owlana is disappointed that she hasn’t gotten Owlfred’s attention, though. Every time she tries to dance with him, he walks away with his wings flapping. Owlana is convinced there must be something wrong with her, and that she isn’t pretty enough. Owlizabeth grabs Owlana by the wing to confront Owlfred. She marches right up to him and asks, “Why won’t you dance with the birthday owl?” Owlfred turns red and uncomfortably agrees to dance with her. Owlana and Owlizabeth don’t realize that Owlfred is coming to terms with his sexuality and is more interested in Owlana’s brother than her. When she gets her test back, Owlana is disappointed in her grade. She decides she doesn’t care at all about Bird History. She thinks about how she can graduate high school without a Bird History credit, and what career options there are for her. Owlana is just one adolescent owl, and her socio-emotional development differs from the socio-emotional development of her friends Owlizabeth, Owlivia and Owlfred. In adolescence, teenagers are stuck emotionally between the immaturity of childhood and the maturity of adulthood. Owlana and her friends might not make the best decisions, due to their concerns with socialization and dreams of love. They are becoming who they are and discovering their identities, their hopes and their dreams. The next day, Owlana barely wakes up in time for Mrs. Hoot’s exam. She quickly crams the material while the test is being handed out. As a teenage owl, Owlana wants to look her best – especially since Owlfred is coming over. Her best friend Owlizabeth is coming over early to help her get ready. They had spent the weekend at the mall looking for the perfect outfits and accessories. Teachers of adolescents should be aware
of their emotional vulnerability. Young owls like Owlana often place their priorities on friends and boyfriends rather than academics and studying, as teachers like Mrs. Hoot wish they did. Teachers should be sensitive with adolescents and look out for signs of addiction, eating disorders and depression. After she graded the exam, Mrs. Hoot discussed Owlana's score with her. She is going to help Owlana prepare for the next exam so that Owlana does not fail Bird History. She has also referred Owlana to the guidance department to help her discover a career path, even if it doesn't include Bird History.
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