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Young Adolescents' Developmental Characteristics

This paper summarizes five developmental characteristics of young adolescents and their implications for practice in schooling: physical, intellectual, emotional/psychological, moral/ethical, and social developmental characteristics. Practitioners, parents, and others who work with young adolescents need to be aware of any changes—subtle or obvious—in these developmental characteristics.

Grade Level: Middle grades
Classification: Research
Indicator area: Behavior
Source: National Middle School Association
Authors: Micki M. Caskey, Vincent A. Anfara, Jr.