What Are the Developmental Tasks of Adolescents?

The developmental tasks for adolescents center around becoming more self-sufficient, developing a clear sense of self-identity and learning how to navigate and build relationships with those of the opposite sex. Much of this time is spent on more practical skills and social development, but cognitive skills are being developed as well, especially those related to abstract thinking and problem solving.

At this time of life, adolescents are learning how to navigate social environments now that they have reached sexual maturity, and they are also establishing a sense of independence from their parents and families as they prepare to leave the house and be on their own.