The Senior Adolescent Characteristics:
- Ages 15 – 18
- Seeks independence through real work and adult roles
- Searches for their life’s work
- Engaged in the larger social community
- Desires to be recognized for their individual contribution
- Works for the greater good of the real world
The Senior Adolescent Needs:
The older adolescent seeks real opportunities for valorization; that is to feel capable of succeeding in life by their own merit. They know that they can make a difference and they are eager to figure out how to use their talents and passion for a purpose that is important.
During ages 15 – 18 there is a marked decrease in the need for group recognition and peer company in all activities. The older adolescent is ready to be recognized for his or her unique and individual contribution to the world. Therefore, older adolescents are most deeply engaged in experiences that allow them to belong to something bigger than themselves, beyond their previously established community.
Older adolescents want to be assessed at a professional level and treated with adult-like respect.