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C2 Module 2.1

Adolescent development

Before You Begin

What do you think are the challenges students face during adolescence?

Think about what changes modern adolescents go through and the challenges they may have in overcoming them. Jot down some of these challenges that they could face.

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MindMatters supports positive adolescent development - but how is this accomplished?

How do schools support adolescent development?

In adolescence, a number of significant changes occur in a relatively short period of time. Young people experience puberty and sudden growth, their brains begin to develop greater metacognitive function, they start to establish their own identities, and they develop stronger relationships with peers.

Young people’s relationships with school staff, parents and other adults may change during adolescence, however these relationships are still fundamental to positive development. By providing a safe and supportive environment, schools help young people to develop resilience and grow up well.

The importance of resilience

Because adolescence is a period of such great change, and because some of these changes may be challenging for young people, the ability to cope and even thrive is important. Resilient students are more able to manage the transitions they experience.

The importance of relationships

Developing caring relationships is crucial in building and maintaining resilience. During adolescence, relationships change and schools have a core role in supporting young people's sense of connectedness. MindMatters can help schools take a strategic approach to building relationships and developing a sense of belonging amongst their students.

How could you / your school support adolescents through these challenges?

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