Most discussions of developmental aspects during adolescence refer to the widely accepted concept of "developmental tasks" (7), which has a focus on the psychosocial dimension (8). However, there are also profound transformations on a more basic level, that is, the adolescent's information processing. The following section summarizes typical ways in which adolescents perceive their world differently from children. This is then followed by a discussion on divergent conceptualizations of adolescence, and an exploration of problems created by the emergence of chronic illness during adolescence. Finally, the specific issues of rheumatic disease during adolescence are discussed.
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