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Adolescent Development

  1. Richard M. Lerner,
  2. Michelle J. Boyd,
  3. Dan Du

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0019

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

How to Cite

Lerner, R. M., Boyd, M. J. and Du, D. 2010. Adolescent Development. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–2.

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  1. Tufts University

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


Adolescence may be defined as the period in life when most of a person's biological, cognitive, psychological, and social characteristics are changing in an interrelated manner from what is considered childlike to what is considered adultlike. When most of one's characteristics are in this state of change, one is an adolescent.