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Social Change in Teen Girls

by Dosser Handron

Changes attributed to puberty in teen girls include physical, emotional and social changes. Social change relates to the difference in the relationships teen girls had before adolescence, and those during puberty. A distinct sign in social development is the need for independence from parents and a greater reliance on peers and friends. Puberty usually represents a time of conflict between teen girls and their parents. The support of the family unit is, however, essential during teen years.

Independence

During the teen years, girls are less emotionally dependent on their parents. They continually question the decisions of parents especially in relation to fashion and curfews. They want their own personal space and parents notice their children locking their bedroom doors, keeping diaries, and being elusive about the things they do. Teens want to make their own decisions; this may lead to a lot of disagreement with parents. However, they usually consult their parents in decisions on long-term goals or education, according to the Virginia Cooperative Extension.

Peer Friendships

Teen girls seek to spend more time with their friends; hanging out with friends provides an avenue where they develop social skills. They seek the comfort and camaraderie of friends to share secrets, gossip and provide advice for any problems or difficulties they experience. Teen girlfriends usually share common interests such as dancing, swimming or yoga, and their interests change quickly. It is important for parents to keep an eye on the peers of their teen girls; you can intervene when they engage in harmful behaviors such as substance abuse, suggests KidsHealth.

Personal Identity

Social changes in teen girls develop when they want to establish their own identity. This leads teens to try out different interests and even friends to get the right fit for them. Peers usually influence the identities teen girls create for themselves such as their sense of styles, their cliques and their common interests. Teens also develop their own personal values and beliefs influenced by friends, family and their society, according to the Raising Children Network, an organization of Australia’s leading early childhood agencies.

Intimacy

Parents notice their daughters develop an attraction for the opposite sex during puberty. Teen girls get an interest in acquiring a boyfriend, and usually these relationships lead to sexual intercourse. Many times, girls engage in sexual behavior during the teen years due to peer pressure, and they may not be emotionally prepared. The media, including social networks, can also influence teen girls to engage in sex. It is important for parents to advice their teen girls as they undergo such social change to avoid teen pregnancy or sexually transmitted diseases, says KidsHealth.

About the Author

Dosser Handron is a practicing psychologist and writer.She served as a columnist for the "Tides" and now contributes to various websites. Dosser holds a PhD in psychology from University of South Carolina.

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