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Fifteen to Eighteen Year Olds

Below you will find a list of characteristics of a typical fifteen to eighteen year old. Keep in mind that not all children develop at the same time and will progress through these stages at their own pace. However, if you have concerns about your child’s development, it is important to talk with your child’s doctor. 


Characteristics of a Typical Fifteen to Eighteen Year Old

Demonstrates abstract reasoning             Heavily influenced by friends when

                                                                  it comes to clothes, music, fads


Struggles to match their thinking             Likely to seek help from a friend

abilities with their actions                        instead of a parent


Thinking about future plans, which           Continues to focus on importance

can be stressful                                        of peer relationships



Develops an understanding of others’       Less influenced by peer pressure

points of view


Open to others’ perspectives and              Does not like physical affection from

ideas                                                          parents,but likes it from friends



Taken from:  http://www.parentfurther.com/ages-stages/15-18/

Learning Activities


Fifteen to Eighteen Year Olds

·        Show interest in your child’s education and extracurricular activities

·        Compliment your child and celebrate his/her efforts and accomplishments

·        Spend time with your child doing things you both enjoy

·        Respect your child’s opinion. Listen to what he/she says without minimizing his/her concerns

·        Encourage your child to develop solutions to problems/conflicts. Create opportunities for your child to use his/her own judgment and be available for advice and support.

·        Respect your child’s need for privacy

·        Encourage your child to get enough sleep and exercise and to eat healthy meals

·        Encourage your teen to eat meals with the family


Taken from: http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/childdevelopment/positiveparenting/adolescence.html