The 10 Tasks of Adolescence
 1. Adjust to sexually maturing bodies and feelings.

2. Develop and apply abstract-thinking skills.

3. Develop and apply a more complex level of perspective taking.

4. Develop and apply new coping skills in areas such as decision making, problem solving and conflict resolution.

5. Identify meaningful moral standards, values and belief systems.

6. Understand and express more complex emotional experiences.

7. Form friendships that are mutually close and supportive.

8. Establish key aspects of identity.

9. Meet the demands of increasingly mature roles and responsibilities.

10. Renegotiate relationships with adults in parenting roles.


Adapted from Raising Teens: A Synthesis of Research and a Foundation for Action, by A. Rae Simpson, Ph.D.