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A conceptual framework for early adolescence: A platform for research

TitleA conceptual framework for early adolescence: A platform for research
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsBlum, RW, Astone, NM, Decker, MR, Mouli, VC
JournalInternational Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health
ISBN Number03340139 (ISSN)
Keywordsadolescence, Adolescent Development, adolescent health, child safety, Community, conceptual framework, Decision Making, early adolescence, economic aspect, emotion, Family, human, law, learning, life, Neighborhood, Policy, Politics, research priority, review, school, Self Concept, social psychology, society, Transition to Adulthood and Family Demography, very young adolescence

Early adolescence (ages 10-14 years) is among the most neglected stages of development, yet there are few stages during the life course where changes are as dramatic. The present conceptual framework proposes four central goals to be achieved by early adolescence: engagement with learning, emotional and physical safety, positive sense of self/self-efficacy, acquisition of life/decision-making skills. The framework proposes an ecological model where the macro level factors (economic forces, historical events, national priorities, laws/policies/norms and values, national events, and political realities) all set the contexts that influence community, family, school and peer factors that all in turn influence the adolescent. Existing indicators for points of development are noted as are future areas of research priority.