Topic 5 Challenges in High School Children and Implications for Communication

Common challenges might be:

  • Sleep deprivation
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Drug/Alcohol Use

Social – Emotional Developmental Milestones in High School Children

Start thinking more logically

Are introspective and moody and need privacy

Value friends’ and others’ opinions more and more

May test out new ideas, clothing styles, and mannerisms while figuring out where/how to fit in

Strive to be independent and may start emotionally distancing from caregivers

Start trying to discover strengths and weaknesses, at times seeming self-centered, impulsive, or moody

Show pride in successes

Spend a lot of time with friends and may be interested in dating

Question : At which age do we notice the development of the following social-emotional milestones?

Age 10Shows concern for a crying friend
Age 15Enjoys playing with other kids and is more conversational and independent
Age 6Values friends’ and others’ opinions more and more
Age 3Shares secrets and jokes with friends

Question : Which factors are considered essential for children’s and adolescents’ good mental health?

a) Unconditional love from family 

b) Self-confidence and high self-esteem

c) The opportunity to play with other children 

d) Access to educational toys

e) Encouraging teachers and supportive caregivers 

f) Safe and secure environment

g) All of the above

h) The factors a,b,c,e,f,g