The following essays a profile of the contemporary American adolescents who are not in turmoil, not deeply disturbed and not resistant to parental values as still constituting the majority of the adolescent population. The following discussions also attempts to bring to fore parental care to be essential, as it is a wonderful privilege for their development as well, during the period of their children's adolescent years.Adolescence is commonly perceived as that stage of physiological, mental, and emotional development between childhood and adulthood. Generally taken as the "pre-teen" to "teen" ages, usually at the onset of puberty until about 18 or 19, the period of adolescent development pertains to a rather diverse range of determinant influences including social, environmental, religious, even cultural factors for the concept to be framed in more definitive terms. In this paper, the context adopted by the American Psychological Association (A.P.A.) in its scientific publication titled "Developing Adolescents: A reference for Professionals" shall be, likewise, adopted: "There is no standard age range for defining adolescence. Individuals can begin adolescence earlier than age 10, just as some aspects of adolescent development often continue past the age of 18. Although the upper age boundary is sometimes defined as older than 18 (e.g., age 21 or 25), there is widespread agreement that those in the age range of 10 to 18 should be considered adolescents." (p. 2)
The stage of adolescence is definitely the most exciting period of most everyone's life. The period of discoveries and learning on your own, the time of exciting encounters and relationships, of heightened interests in new and more exciting things than dolls and matchboxes, it is that time in our lives that almost every adult, if not every adult, would look back to with fondness and great relish. It is the period of our lives when we looked at everything in the world with more intense interest and passion. Child psychologist Gregory Ramey at Dayton Children's in his Dayton Daily News article titled Adolescent Turmoil writes, "Teens feel the world so passionately. They live life differently from the rest of us. They experience intense sadness at things that appear trivial and escalate to extreme excitement at seemingly insignificant events". He continues further, "They enjoy the excitement of experiencing life in all of its intensity. If they feel depressed, that is simply the cost to also experience life's euphoria".
The treatment of the subject on adolescence, however, appears to be also usually relative to the travails and troubles that accompany this stage of life. It gives the impression to anyone who cares to pay attention that we are all but survivors of that period called age of adolescence. Most serious of such correlations is the matter-of-course and typical inclusion of adolescent psychology and behavior in most, if not all, crime and criminality studies and treatises. Crime and adolescent delinquency has become a common relative assumption of conditions. It is not uncommon to take on the subject of adolescence with judgmental biases relating it to delinquency, even crime. Criminologist Dr. Thomas R. O'connor in his lecture entitled Moral Development and Developmental Theories of Crime, dedicates a large part on adolescent psychology, largely attributing to that stage of human development circumstances contributory to the commission of crime. Making classical references, he notes, "Daedalus warned Icarus not to fly too high because Apollo, God of the Sun, would become jealous of someone entering his domain and melt the wax. But Icarus, exhilarated by being able to soar above the Earth, flies too high, and his