Because of the explosive changes happening during adolescence, it presents a period ripe for targeted prevention and intervention efforts to increase the health and success of our youth and to promote their early and sustained positive development. Drawing on current, strength-based theories and scientific research about adolescent development, we will examine how our earlier conceptions about adolescence may not best meet the needs of and promote positive development among youth today. We will explore the fundamental changes of this developmental period (e.g., biological, cognitive, social) and how their interactions with context (family, peers, school, out-of-school time settings, media, culture) can better inform prevention and intervention efforts that target diverse subgroups of adolescents.
Max Enrollment: 15
Prerequisites: Open to juniors and seniors who have taken two 200-level units, excluding PSYC 205, PSYC 250, and PSYC 299.
Distribution Requirements: SBA - Social and Behavioral Analysis
Semesters Offered this Academic Year: Not Offered