From the individual to contexts and back: contexts shaping young people, their behavior, mental health, and relationships
Adolescence and young adulthood are unique and fascinating developmental periods. They are characterized by profound changes in all aspects of life ranging from changes at the physical and physiological levels, cognitive, emotional, and behavioral levels, to the social relational and institutional levels. These periods mark the transition from childhood to adulthood, when young people—across cultures—think about their future and goals in education, vocation, and family. In the 21st century, the experiences adolescents and young adults have every day are radically different from those of previous cohorts. Shifts and changes in the social, affective, environmental, and technological contexts contribute to these differences.