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The Macksey Journal

Abstract

Adolescence is a relatively new concept that has not been re-evaluated since its beginnings. In order to understand how society’s expectations of those in that life stage has changed, both fictional and non-fictional media were referenced, mainly in the form of novels, memoirs, and TV shows/movies. As time has progressed, expectations of adolescents have risen to a point which nearly eradicates the idea of what that stage of life is meant to be. By having such high expectations of adolescents, we have forced them into a glorified version of adulthood which asks a great deal of them while granting little autonomy to a person. These expectations have led to an increase in mental health disorders, namely anxiety and depression. By recognizing this, we can work to reform our present version of adolescence so that it is less harmful and aids in a person’s development.

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