Analyze how theories of development and related research explain aspects of adolescent growth and behavior.

Create a one-page (front and back) information fact sheet about an adolescent development issue, designed for the general public.

Note: The assessments in this course build upon each other, so you are strongly encouraged to complete them in sequence.

When working with organizations that address adolescent development issues, a developmental psychologist will often need to condense and translate information for the consumption of the general public.

By successfully completing this assessment, you will demonstrate your proficiency in the following course competencies and assessment criteria:

IMPORTNANT
Competency 1: Analyze how theories of development and related research explain aspects of adolescent growth and behavior.
Identify key theories and research relevant for the intended audience.
Competency 3: Assess evidence-based interventions to address adolescent developmental issues.
Recommend best practices that are relevant for the intended audience.
Competency 4: Communicate in a manner that is consistent with expectations for professionals in the field of psychology.
Use grammar, punctuation, and mechanics expected of graduate-level composition and expression.
Use APA format and style in written documents, with only minor errors that do not detract from meaning.

Context
Historically, researchers have attempted to consider adolescent challenges by considering relevant risk factors (for example, maternal depression) that predict negative adolescent outcomes. More recent research has moved toward a focus on protective factors and resiliency as opposed to a focus on risk factors when thinking about challenges with adolescence (Kim, Oesterle, Catalano, & Hawkins, 2015). For example, Benson’s research (as cited in Santrock, 2019) found the following external and internal assets related to positive developmental outcomes for adolescents.

The external assets include the following:

Support (such as family and neighborhood).
Empowerment (such as adults in the community valuing youth and giving them useful community roles).
Boundaries and expectations (such as the family setting clear rules and consequences and monitoring the adolescent’s whereabouts, as well as the presence of positive peer influence).
Constructive use of time (such as engaging in creative activities three or more times a week and participating three or more hours a week in organized youth programs).
The internal assets include the following:

Commitment to learning (such as being motivated to achieve in school and doing at least one hour of homework on school days).
Positive values (such as helping others and demonstrating integrity).
Social competencies (such as knowing how to plan and make decisions and having interpersonal competencies like empathy and friendship skills).
Positive identity (such as having a sense of control over life and high self-esteem).
Coping involves dealing with adverse circumstances, efforts to solve life problems, and reducing stressors (Santrock, 2019). Several strategies for coping in adolescence include positive and optimistic thinking, increasing personal self-control and avoiding immediate gratification, seeking social support, seeking professional counseling help, and using multiple coping strategies since a combined effect may help to cope successfully (Santrock, 2019).

While there are several challenges related to navigating adolescent development, the good news is that the vast majority of teenagers are successful in their navigation of adolescence and gain the requisite skills for developing into autonomous and resilient adults.

Evaluate the relationship between the literature and real-world practice in relation to the chosen topic in adolescent development.

Write a  white paper that provides an overview of current, peer-reviewed research on an issue affecting adolescent development and recommends steps for further action.

Note: The assessments in this course build upon each other, so you are strongly encouraged to complete them in sequence.

Professionals are often asked to support their organizations’ research on issues, present their findings, and recommend next steps.

By successfully completing this assessment, you will demonstrate your proficiency in the following course competencies and assessment criteria:

Competency 1: Analyze how theories of development and related research explain aspects of adolescent growth and behavior.
Evaluate current research related to the chosen topic in adolescent development.
Competency 2: Assess the potential impact of individual and cultural differences on adolescent development.
Evaluate the relationship between the literature and real-world practice in relation to the chosen topic in adolescent development.
Competency 3: Assess evidence-based interventions to address adolescent developmental issues.
Recommend best practices for positive adolescent development.
Competency 4: Communicate in a manner that is consistent with expectations for professionals in the field of psychology.
Use grammar, punctuation, and mechanics expected of graduate-level composition and expression.
Use APA format and style in written documents, with only minor errors that do not detract from meaning.

While there is a myriad of potential problems in adolescence, some of the more common issues include increased participation in risky or delinquent activity, increases in physical and mental health issues, and issues related to socialization (such as peer group dynamics, sexual identity, and body image).

Risky behaviors, such as crime, substance use, unprotected sex, and reckless driving, reach their peak during adolescence as compared to other stages of life (Steinberg, 2014). To date, the research indicates few empirically supported programs for reducing risky health behavior during adolescence (Steinberg, 2015).
Nutrition, exercise, and sleep are other major areas that offer health-enhancing or health-comprising behavioral choices for adolescents (Santrock, 2019). Adolescents and young adults have less access to health care than other age groups due to a variety of factors (Cobb, 2007).
Socialization for today’s teens looks very different from just a few decades ago. Adolescents spend more waking time in a school setting than in any other environment (Eccles & Roeser, 2011). Navigating the balance between peer groups and individual identity, sexuality, and body image are sources of intense stress for many adolescents. The way in which issues of loyalty, compassion, and acceptance are dealt with during this period often forms the templates for subsequent adult relationships (Santrock, 2019).
References
Cobb, N. J. (2007). Adolescence: Continuity, change, and diversity (6th ed.). New York, NY: McGraw Hill.

Eccles, J. S., & Roeser, R. W. (2011). Schools as developmental contexts during adolescence. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 21(1), 225–241.

Santrock, J. W. (2019). Adolescence (17th ed.). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill Education.

Steinberg, L. (2014). Age of opportunity: Lessons from the new science of adolescence. New York, NY: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Steinberg, L. (2015). How to improve the health of American adolescents. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 10(6), 711–715.

To deepen your understanding, you are encouraged to consider the questions below and discuss them with a fellow learner, a work associate, an interested friend, or a member of the professional community.

Identify what you consider to be the most under-addressed adolescent health issues, problem behaviors, or social/identity issues in the United States today.

Why are these issues so crucial to the present and future health of adolescents?
What might be an ideal approach to ensuring related healthy interventions for American teens?
What venues and organizations might be the most effective at executing the proposed intervention (or interventions)?
How might adolescent social relationships (friendships, intimate relationships, or relationships with parents) affect the approach to interventions?

Explain why an MNC may invest funds in a financial market outside its own country.

The most popular way for international expansion is for a local firm to acquire foreign companies. One of the most benefits for international expansion is global distribution capability that helps expanding the market share.

There are different implications of running a company that is within or outside of the European Union. If you were the head of a firm based in the United States, please answer the following questions, providing the rationale behind your answers:

Would you seek to acquire a company within the European Union or outside of it? Why?
Describe the advantages and disadvantages of the choice you made.
Describe the advantages and disadvantages inherent in the option you did not choose.
Explain why an MNC may invest funds in a financial market outside its own country.
Explain why some financial institutions prefer to provide credit in financial markets outside their own country.

Describe your research choices and descriptions of variables/constructs.

Describe your research choices and descriptions of variables/constructs. Discuss how the variables/constructs will be measured and how they’ll be evaluated to ensure validity/reliability or trustworthiness. Include how they contribute to the internal alignment of your overall research design.
Additionally, develop strategies you will use to select and ethically treat your participants. Include how they’ll be chosen, type of participants (what are their current life roles?) and how you’ll ethically treat the participants.

Explain the extent of the forensic psychological issue that you have identified by creating a brochure that essentially sells the importance of your topic.

Warm-up Activity 2.1

The Internet contains much valuable information for researchers, as well as commercial and private sites that offer information that may be biased or not based on fact. View the Northcentral Information Literacy Tutorial to review some pointers on finding appropriate sites for research on the Internet.

Warm-up Activity 2.2

The United States government, as well as some state and local governments, keeps careful statistics of the incidence of behavior and psychological problems. Different departments within the United States government keep statistics on problems and on programs and research on the problem. For example, the Department of Justice keeps statistics on crime—including types of crime, gender and race of perpetrator, the location of the crime, and various programs to prevent crime or deal with criminal behavior. Laws for workplace compensation for distress suffered in the workplace can also be found in government databases. Be sure to consult the Northcentral University library for further information on how to search government sites efficiently, or start with the following library link: https://library.ncu.edu/dw/index/331. Some government websites are also listed in the supplemental resources.

Assignment

Explain the extent of the forensic psychological issue that you have identified by creating a brochure that essentially sells the importance of your topic. Imagine that you are trying to convince a group to fund your research. Your brochure should include bullet points that indicate the problem in depth and offers statistics that show the extent of the problem on national, international, and/or regional levels.

How did the US contribute to global environmental change in this century, positively and/or negatively?

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Why did 9/11 happen? What was the response of the Republican Party in power?

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(Corbally, John. The Twentieth-Century World, 1914 to the Present: State of Modernity (The Making of the Modern World). )

How did the US contribute to global environmental change in this century, positively and/or negatively?