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Characteristics of High School Students by Mind Map: Characteristics of
High School Students
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Characteristics of High School Students


Students Develop morals and values based on experiences and those around them.


Self Control

Compliance with external standards





Moral reasoning

Sports & Morality

Ethical Domains, Coach Aggression, Player Aggression, Cheating, Disrespect, Rule Bending



Boys, Stress skills and interests in friendships, Competitiveness works against forming close relationships with male companions

Girls, Seek Intimacy, Experience greater anxiety about friendships than boys

Influence short-term decisions, Hairstyle, Speech Patterns, Friendships, Academic Performence, Leisure Activities, Dress


Have the capacity to learn about intimate, loving, long-term relationships

Recognize the components of healthy and unhealthy relationships


Enhances:, Self-discipline, A sense of responsibility, Self-confidence, Attitudes towards work

Less time for:, Homework, Extracurricular activities, Friendship development

May lead to:, Increased stress, Lower grades, Lower career aspirations

Family (long term influence)



Future Plans

Parents and other adults influence students' long-range plans; peers influence the immediate.



Boys, Some may continue to grow even after graduation

Girls, Most reach ultimate height


Students will vary in weigh just as much as they do in height

Changing Bodies (Puberty)

Glandular Problems, Acne, Arousal of sex drive

Sexual Activity

Factors related to initiation of sexual activity vary by gender and race, White males and females, Low educational goals, Below average grades, African American Females, Spending less time with one's mother, Lack of involvement in church activities, African American males, Low grace point average, One-parent family, Limited contact with father, Lack of participation in family decision making

Sexual Development, Understand that they are sexual and understand the options and consequences of sexual expression, Choose to express their sexuality in ways that may or may not include sexual intercourse, Have an understanding of their own sexual orientation, Understand pregnancy, Understand HIV and other sexually transmitted infections and the possible consequences of sexual intercourse, Ability to make reasoned choices about sex based on knowledge


Physical Activity

17% are meeting the goal of 60 minutes a day

Most students reach physical maturity, and virtually all attain puberty. Tremendous variation exists in height and weight and in rat of maturation



Concern for Appearence

Understand their own feelings and have the ability to analyze why they feel a certain way

Psychiatric Disorders

Anorexia Nervos

Bulimia Nervosa

Substance Abuse, Tobacco, Alcohol, Cocaine, Marijuana

Depression, Most common emotional disorder, Take the time!, Ask students you suspect are depress, Seek school counselor's advice, Be aware of recent prevention efforts


Formal thought

More like ly to grasp relationships

Mentally plan a course of action before proceeding

Systematically test hypotheses

Problem solving

Respond to media messages but develop increasing ability to analyze those messages

Political thinking

Becomes more abstract, Freedom of Speech, Equal justice under law, Concept of Community

Decline in authoritarian views

Increase in ability to imagine consequences of current actions

Increase in Political Knowledge

Attain cognitive maturity—the ability to make decisions based on knowledge of options and their consequences

Build skills to become self-sufficient

Seek increased power over their own lives

Learn to drive, increasing their independence


Identity is established by social interaction

Students focus on the importance of peer relationships.

Show an increase in individual, intimate relationships

Develop increasingly mature relationships with friends and family

Continue to be influenced by peers [The power of peer pressure lessens after early adolescence.]