Essay Middle Childhood and Adolescent Development
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Middle childhood, is a very exciting time for young children from the ages of seven to twelve years old. It’s known as the school years and new social and cognitive traits are being learned at home and at school. Sigmund Freud’s psychoanalytic theory found this to be the latentcy period in which no much happens. He described this because children at this age sexual and aggressive urges are repressed ("Stages of Growth Development," 1898-1987). This paper will also discuss the changes from middle childhood to adolescence, the affects of parents and peers and the affects they have on developing children.
Functional families help children in middle childhood become more productive in society and more self reliable. Children cannot obtain…show more content…
Children become rule based and listen when spoken to. School plays a large part in this since teacher educate kids to listen, sit down quietly and work in small , in the future will be vital for real life work in adulthood.("Stages of Growth Development," 1898-1987). In this stage of life Piaget’s cognitive theory comes into play. Children in this stage in life are more concrete operational, meaning that they deal with visible, tangible things. They become more systematic. Peer relationships and best friend are crucial at this stage, this helps children have deeper relationships while heading into adolescence and can help determine if they will be able to hold a relationship as adults (Stassen Berger, 2009). Social trend, such as violence, eating disorders and even drug use are seen more readily in ages seven to twelve years old. This increasing pressure in schools to recognize the problem and develop more activities such as sports, music, and social events to help children stay active and away from drug use, this eventually helps in adolescence and young adulthood years.
Adolescence changes in a child in various ways, physiological, culturally, cognitively. The adolescence years are a period of rapid growth unlike middle childhood. This is the stage where puberty and hormones hit a growing child. Pubic hair and budding of breast is seen in girls while in boys the growth of pubic hair and the penis growing
Middle Childhood Observation Essay
681 WordsJul 21st, 20143 Pages
For my middle childhood observation I chose a 10 year old female by the name of Mycah Landry. Just to give you a bit of a background, Mycah attends a magnet school and makes straight A’s. She is a very smart young girl. We will start off by comparing Mycah’s physical development to that of Berger’s in the text. As documented in the text “Unlike infants or adolescents, school-age children’s growth is slow and steady. Self-care is easy –from brushing their new adult teeth to dressing themselves, from making their own lunch to walking to school. In these middle years, children depend less on their families and do not yet need to cope with the body changes and impulses of adolescence. Muscles become steadily stronger.” From my observation I…show more content…
Children apply their new reasoning skills to concrete situations-that is, situations with visible, tangible, real things. Children become more systemic, objective, scientific –and educable. One logical concept is classification, the organization of things into groups according to some characteristics that they share. An experiment that Piaget conducted to reveal a children’s understanding of classification is, and examiner shows a child a bunch of nine flowers-seven yellow daises and two white roses. The examiner makes sure the child knows the words flowers, daises, and roses. Then comes the crucial: Are there more daises or more flowers?” I conducted the same experiment with Mycah and she answered there are more flowers. So it is to my findings that Mycah has a clear understanding of classification. Lastly I will be comparing Mycah’s psychosocial development to that of Berger’s accounts. As explained in the text, steady growth, brain maturation, and intellectual advances make middle childhood a time when children gain independence and autonomy. They acquire an “increasing ability to regulate themselves, to take responsibility, and to exercise self-control”-all strengths that make this a period of positive growth. As I stated earlier in my observation report I observed Mycah as being very independent, and capable of taking responsibility for things. There is also a portion of the text where Berger discusses friendship and social acceptance. I sat