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PSM0014227, A.A. 2019/20

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Degree course First cycle degree in
PS2295, Degree course structure A.Y. 2016/17, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination PSYCHOLOGY OF ADOLESCENCE
Department of reference Department of Developmental Psychology and Socialisation
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge PAOLO ALBIERO M-PSI/04

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses M-PSI/04 Psychology of Development and Psychology of Education 6.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 3rd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 42 108.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2016 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
1 2019 01/10/2019 30/09/2020 ALBIERO PAOLO (Presidente)
BONICHINI SABRINA (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge in developmental psychology, with particular reference to the periods of childhood, preadolescence and adolescence.
Target skills and knowledge: The course provides theoretical and practical knowledge on the psychological development in adolescence, in particular: a) focuses on the study of the factors that can promote the psychosocial well-being in adolescents; b) consider the classical theories and the most recent contributions of the literature; c) highlights what can be done in the family and school to promote the well-being and to deal with a complex and "turbulent" period as adolescence.
Examination methods: The exam at the end of the course takes place in written form and provides some open questions that address general issues and specific aspects of the study of adolescence.
Erasmus students can decide whether to take the exam in oral or written form.
Assessment criteria: In performing the exam, the student must demonstrate that he/she has acquired adequate theoretical and practical knowledge about adolescence.
The written responses of the students will be evaluated considering their correctness and completeness.
Course unit contents: During the lessons will be first presented the most significant aspects of the life of an adolescent and the problems that it faces: the psychological resonance of his physical development; the pubertal maturation and its pervasive effects; the sexuality; the intellectual maturation, the relationships with parents and the conquest of autonomy; the relationships with peers; the formation of the idea of self.
Through a multidisciplinary approach several issues that characterize the most recent literature will also be discussed, with particular attention to their implications on the psychosocial well-being of the adolescent: brain development and its implications on risk behavior; the mind of the adolescent; talking with adolescents; friendships and family relations, multiculturalism and adolescents, teenagers and the Internet, bullying, risk prevention.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The lectures will be supplemented by students working groups on specific issues regarding adolescence. The groups and the issues will be agreed with the teacher and they allow students to address issues of their particular interest. The work carried out by the groups will be presented and discussed in the classroom and will be considered for the final evaluation of the student.

Those who do not participate in the work of the group, must submit an individual report written on a topic concerning the psychology of adolescence. The theme will be agreed with the teacher. The work will consist in the analysis of some scientific papers, in their presentation and discussion. The report must be delivered to the teacher at least 15 days before the exam and will be considered for the final evaluation of the student.

During the course will be held several conferences with experts in adolescence working in the territory and services.
Additional notes about suggested reading: The teacher encouraged the use of the web page of the course, on the Moodle platform of the School of Psychology, where announcements, useful materials, and various information relevant to the course are published. There is also a forum to communicate with the teacher and to exchange information.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Palmonari, Augusto, Psicologia dell'adolescenza. Bologna: Il mulino, 2011. (Capitoli da studiare: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 11, 12, 13, 17) Cerca nel catalogo
  • Albiero, Paolo, Il benessere psicosociale in adolescenza. Prospettive multidisciplinari. Roma: Carocci, 2012. (Capitoli da studiare: Intro, 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10) Cerca nel catalogo
  • American Psychological Association, "Developing adolescents". --: --, --. (nota: si tratta di "Linee guida per lavorare con gli adolescenti"). Dispense a cure dell'APA, scaricabili dalla pagina del corso in Moodle.