First Time User? Enroll now.
Get Care Now
COVID-19: Vaccine information, testing, treatment, and additional resources
Home > Health Library > Emotional and Social Development, Ages 15 to 18 Years
Older teens may seem mature at times, but they often will have times when they are not. Those who haven't yet established their own identity and sense of independence may try defining themselves through rebellious or difficult behavior.
It's normal for teens to experiment with different looks and ideas. This is often a way to define who they are.
Peer groups and friends are important to teens. They may also form strong bonds with adult mentors.
Teens are thinking about their own sexuality. They start to seek intimate relationships, which become an important part of their identity. Some teens' emotional investment in such relationships is immense. This makes them vulnerable. Parents can help by recognizing when relationships are getting more intense and by talking openly, without judgment, about the possible future effects.
Current as of:
September 20, 2021
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: Susan C. Kim MD - PediatricsKathleen Romito MD - Family MedicineJohn Pope MD - Pediatrics
Current as of: September 20, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Susan C. Kim MD - Pediatrics & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & John Pope MD - Pediatrics
To learn more about Healthwise, visit Healthwise.org.
© 1995-2022 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.