PSY-260: Adolescent Psychology

This course is INACTIVE
Liberal Arts
Social Sciences
Academic Level
Course Subject
Course Number
Course Title
Adolescent Psychology
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
PSY-131 with a C grade or higher
Catalog Course Description

For students seeking a degree in secondary education and/or psychology. Examines the major areas of adolescent behavior and development including social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development. Among the topics included are: the theoretical construct of adolescent, the physical and cognitive development of the adolescent, the social structure surrounding the adolescent, the transitions from upper elementary to middle school and then to high school, the personality development of the adolescent, the psycho-sexual development of the adolescent, as well as the psychological issues facing the adolescent.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Goal Statement
  1. To understand the social, biological, emotional and cognitive changes that contributes to adolescent development.
  2. To understand the contexts in which adolescent development occurs.
  3. To understand the various psychosocial issues that affect adolescent development.
Core Course Topics
  1. The nature of adolescence in society

    Describe the past, current, and future role of adolescents within society.

  2. Biological changes

    Explain the different biological changes that occur during different stages of adolescent development.

  3. Transitions in thinking

    Explain the different cognitive transitions that take place during adolescence.

  4. Family relationships

    Explain the different factors that contribute to multiple types of familial relationships.

  5. Identity

    Explain the different factors that contribute to positive identity development.

  6. Autonomy

    Explain the way autonomy develops within the adolescent.

  7. Adolescent peer groups

    Explain the role peer groups play in adolescent development.

  8. Intimacy

    Compare and contrast the different types of intimacy related to adolescent development.

  9. The impact of schooling

    Compare and contrast the different influences of schooling on adolescent development.

  10. Sexuality

    Analyze the development of adolescent sexuality.

  11. Achievement

    Analyze how adolescents master achievement in various areas of their life.

  12. Work, free, time and media influences

    Compare and contrast work, free time, and media influences on adolescent development.

  13. Psychosocial problems in adolescence

    Analyze the psychosocial problems that occur during adolescence.

  14. Adolescence and cross-cultural perspectives

    Compare and contrast perspectives on adolescent development across cultures.

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement

Assessment methods for this course may include but not be limited to objective tests, short answer and essay writing assignments, presentations and discussion activities. The critical thinking assignment is according to instructor discretion.


Instructors will select a textbook from the approved departmental textbook list.


General Education Categories
  • Social Sciences
Institutional Outcomes
  • Civil Society and Culture - U.S. and Global
MTA Categories
  • Category 4: Social Sciences
Satisfies Wellness Requirement

Credit for Prior College-Level Learning

Options for Credit for Prior College-Level Learning
Other Details

Determined by department

Effective Term
Fall 2023