Adolescence Defined

“At no time of life is the love of excitement so strong as during the season of accelerated development of adolescence, which craves strong feelings and new sensations”

(G. Stanley Hall, 1904, p. 368)

Adolescence its Psychology

Psychologist, G. Stanley Hall first developed the term “adolescence” in his 1904 publication called Adolescence. Hall’s work led to the development of adolescence as a scholarly field. He defined adolescence as a time when younger individuals experience emotional and behavioral confusion, prior to establishing stability and reaching adulthood (Arnett, 2006).

Created by: Lisa Feeley, Amanda Halliburton and Bethany Mastrorilli



Arnett, J. J. (2006). G. Stanley Hall’s Adolescence: Brilliance and nonsense. History of Psychology, 9(3), 186-197. doi: 10.1037/1093-4510.9.3.186

Hall, G. Stanley, (1904). Adolescence: Its psychology and its relations to physiology, anthropology, sociology, sex, crime, religion and education, Vol. I, (pp. 325-410). New York, NY, US: D Appleton & Company, xxi, 609 pp. doi:10.1037/10616-005

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