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Nicole A. Hutchen
M.2 Issue Analysis/ Logical Argument Essay
October 27, 2018
Causes and Effects of Teenage Rebellion
Rebellion is an act of violent or open resistance to an established government or ruler. (Alvin Young 2013) Often teenagers find it necessary to rebel against their parents or guardians. Are parents too hard on the children? Should parents give children more choices? Some may claim that teenagers’ rebel when they are forced to do things they do not want to do. Here is an interesting argument. Teenagers sometimes rebel in response to social stimulation and psychological changes in their brains. According to Jeanie Lerche Davis, all teens go through similar phases, the need for independence, a separate identity, and testing authority. It is a part of growing up and is linked to developmental changes in the brain that will eventually help them become analytical adults. (Alvin Young 2013) Today television and social media play a major role in the lives and actions of teens. During the teenage years, the area of the brain called the prefrontal cortex is developing. This is the part of the brain that is behind the forehead and is considered your thinking cap and judgment center. (David Elkind Ph.D.). Explains that kids can now develop their ideas. Younger children don’t see the flaws in their parents, adolescents suddenly the world more realistically. Teenagers manufacture an idea of what their parents should be based on their friends’ parents and media parents. David Elkind Ph.D. also says as the child evolves into a teenager the brain becomes able to synthesize information into ideas.
Teenagers want to exercise their new skill, and they tend to practice on their parents. It may seem that they to argue, but they are practicing their unique abilities. Teenagers often struggle for identity, and they’re trying to figure out who they are. Teens are often trying to answer the question Who am I? They strive to figure out who they are, and why they are here. They use this time to test and try out many identities until they find one they are most familiar. These years are a constant struggle, and they battle for control, attention, and freedom. Teenagers often argue with their parents, easily get angry and even not do what their parents tell them to do, and also do some dangerous activities like drinking or doing drugs. The study “Risk-taking in Adolescence New Perspectives from Brain and Behavioral Science” points out that teenagers are...