Late Adolescence

As Sorenson has pointed out, this is an “intermission between earlier freedoms… and Subsequent responsibilities and commitments concerning work and love”. Sorenson (1962).

At this stage in life they feel psychologically integrated and also have a fairly consistent view of the outside world. By this time, they establish a balance between their aspirations, fantasies and reality. At the conclusion of late adolescence they would have decided on the role that they would play in the society, have clear cut goals to achieve, etc. Each adolescent is an individual with a unique personality and special interests likes and dislikes Dr. Vimla Raghavan (2000).

Because the major changes in attitudes and patterns of behavior began in early adolescence, transition is at a slower rate in late adolescence than it was during early adolescence. This is true of both physical and psychological changes. Some adolescents are forced to change their roles at seventeen or eighteen years of age when they enter the work world. They are forced to learn to be adults earlier than their contemporaries who continue their education, and they are deprived of the opportunity to make this transition slowly during the latter years of adolescence. Elizabeth. B. Hurlock (1968).

The feeling of being out of step, so characteristic of young adolescents, leads to instability. This is gradually replaced by greater stability as adolescence progresses. This change is especially apparent in the older adolescent’s greater stability of interests, whether in clothes, recreation, or choice of life career; in his friendship with members of his own sex as well as with members of the opposite sex; in his emotional behavior, especially in the decrease in moodiness; and in his attitudes, which are not easily swayed by propaganda or the opinion of others, as they are during early adolescence Crow (1965).