Adolescence is one of the most dynamic stages of human development. Adolescents are in transition from the dependency of childhood to the independence and responsibility of early adulthood.
Although early life experiences form the foundation for personality development, experiences during the adolescent years contribute significantly to the unique characteristics and maturation of the young adult. Viewing adolescence in stages—early, middle, and late—yields a better understanding of adolescent development and potential problems.
Promoting Healthy Mental Development in Adolescence