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Teenagers, Peers, and Parents

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Mallory is entering adolescence and is withdrawing from her parents in favor of spending time and sharing her secrets with friends her own age and even a little older. She and her parents fight more often.

What would a developmental psychology expert tell her parents is the likely cause of their daughter's behavior?

A

It is influenced by the social clock and thus not to worry.

B

It is a sign that their parenting style did not match their daughter's temperament.

C

It is dangerous and almost all teenagers who favor peers over parents partake in risky behaviors.

D

It is normal and most teenagers do the same thing as they develop their own identities.

E

It is a part of Erikson's psychosocial stage for teenagers, intimacy vs. isolation.