Discussion #12: ch. 12 socioemotional development in adolescence 25
1. Researchers who study peer relationships in adolescence might argue that cliques get a bad rap because common views portray cliques as harmful to adolescents. How would you describe your friend group/clique? How did membership in this group impact your development?
2. Identify influences on adolescent sexual activity (e.g., intercourse, oral sex, contraceptive use) at 2 of Bronfenbrenner’s bioecological levels. What interventions could be created by applying this information to reduce sexual activity and increase safe sex practices among adolescents?
3. Discuss 3 contextual influences on the development of a sense of self and identity. In what ways do interactions with contextual influences, such as parents, peers, school, community, and societal forces, shape adolescents’ emerging sense of self? Provide specific examples of the impact of these influences.