Main Points: Adolescence

The gap between capacity for biological reproduction & capacity for social reproduction: socially-defined adult status

many biological changes of puberty

transition to two-person relationships: from cliques to crowds to pairs

identity formation

a new kind of thinking:

thinking about possibilities; reasoning hypothetically; planning ahead; thinking about thinking; thinking beyond conventional limits

in Piaget’s terms: formal operations:

mental operations; decentered/flexible; abstract/hypothetical; a structured whole

reasoning about abstract moral principles, considering possible factors