Psychosocial Moratorium Crucial in the Lives of Adolescents

Psychosocial Moratorium and it’s Importance

We all come from our own cultures. The way in which I would define the culture of my adolescent years is fairly narrow. I am a NJ personal trainer and went to high school in Tucson, Arizona and I feel like the culture of southern Arizona had the greatest impact on me in my adolescent years. During my time there was the time for my peers and I to experience psychosocial moratorium, a “socially sanctioned period of time where adult responsibilities are delayed so that adolescents can explore alternatives in employment, relationships, and ideology” (Class notes, 2010). I believe that my culture did a decent job in providing appropriate opportunities for this period of psychosocial moratorium. Exploration in work and ideology were fostered quite well but exploration in love was not encouraged to the same extent.

Work would be the area of psychosocial moratorium, I would say, to have the most opportunities presented in my culture. I distinctly remember being inundated with announcements in class about different camps, clubs or other summer activities that were based on careers. There were several handouts and signs with saying such as, “Find out what it takes to own your own business” or “Develop the leader inside of you” or “Join other artists to discover your individual strengths.” All of these were advertising a camp or convention to attend over the summer designed to prepare students to make decisions about what they wanted to do with their careers after they left high school. By attending these events an adolescent could discover where his strengths and interests lie and what he or she could choose to pursue.

Religion was often a topic of discussion among students of my high school. There were several clubs that would meet during lunch to discuss and talk about their religion and beliefs. I remember walking down the hallways and looking into different classrooms to see students congregating, talking, praying and learning. For many it was a way to discover and explore the different religions of their peers, for some it was a spiritual strengthener for the day and for others it was a way to get cookies at lunch. These clubs were advertised at school fairs and over the announcements. It was not unheard of to see a club or a mixture of Christian clubs gathered around or near the flag in the morning to form a prayer circle. For those who were not aware of the clubs before, they were able to witness and learn on those occasions.

While there were many relationships going on around me, there was nothing I ever experienced or knew of that fostered the building of intimate relationships. Even the high school dances did not promote opportunities to build relationships. The tickets were not sold as couple tickets and most of the students who attended went with a group of friends. There were no opportunities for adolescents to gather and meet and mingle with each other to form relationships on an intimate level. It seemed as if it was almost avoided and it was socially more encouraged to keep relationships on a friend and acquaintance level.

Psychosocial moratorium and the different aspects of it are crucial in the lives of adolescents. NJ personal trainers know that all three aspects, love, work, and ideology, need to be a part of this time of development. If not all three are presented to the adolescent by society, then it is necessary for them to create their own opportunities for the areas in which their culture lacks. As in my culture, where intimate relationships are not fostered by society, adolescents found their own ways of forming and initiating these relationships. If an adolescent does not successfully achieve a sense of self in each of these areas then they may have difficulty identifying who they are and who they want to become.

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