In this chapter, the aim is to look closely at what it means to experience being adolescent in contemporary contexts. It focuses on experiences of developing identity through both separating from parental figures, becoming more independent and also experiencing dependency on and intimacy with others. Thus, there is a focus on ways in which adolescents acquire and relate to an emerging adult sexual body and on the qualities of relationships that they form. As was shown in Chapter 1, recent thinking has changed the way the adolescent process is understood, particularly with regard to the deepening and increasingly complex link between the internal and social worlds.
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