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Principles of Child Development

Characteristics and Methods to Prevent Injury for Children Age 16 to 18 Years Old *






CHARACTERISTICSSAFETY STRATEGY

Adolescents begin to have an increased ability to think and understand a concept without actually seeing it.

Describe jobs to be performed completely. Demonstrating a job continues to be a valuable teaching method.

Adolescents may believe that their size and age are a substitute for ability.

Provide adequate supervision, based on the child's abilities and behavior patterns.

As adolescents struggle between adulthood and childhood, behavior may be unpredictable.

Provide adequate supervision, based on the child's abilities and behavior patterns.

Rebellious, risk taking behavior and perception of immortality puts the adolescent at risk for injury.

Set and enforce consistent rules.


* Modified from resource developed by Catherine Ortscheid, based on references (Berger, 1991; Clark, 1994; Green, 1994; Micheli, 1993; Orr, 1998; and Schor, 1998)

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