The exact point in time at which an individual transitions from one developmental phase to another (for example, middle childhood to adolescence) is…

1. The exact point in time at which an individual transitions from one developmental phase to another (for example, middle childhood to adolescence) is often assigned somewhat arbitrarily. In fact, even developmental scientists/authors don’t always agree on “where” the lines between these artificial constructs fall. If you were given the task to defend why a particular child had moved solidly into adolescence, what would be the 3 most important cognitive or moral areas of development you would examine to make the decision (NOT PHYSICAL)? In addition, describe how you would expect an adolescent to function differently in each of these 3 characteristics/skills you have selected.

2. Based on what we have learned about adolescent brain maturation and psychosocial development, are there circumstances under which you think an adolescent should be eligible for the death penalty? Support your opinion with your rationale and theoretical support. If so, at what age? What other factors, if any, should enter into such a decision? If you disagree or agree provide theoretical evidencein regards to childhood development which supports your stance.

3. Explain Marcia’s theory on Identity Status as well as what is meant by a crisis and a commitment. Provide examples for each status. In addition, think back to your transition from adolescence to emerging adulthood and indicate what status you would have been and explain why