5 Characteristics of Adolescent Social and Emotional Development Like the article title states- the information the author grants us is a detailed descriptions of 5 different characteristics of social and emotional development. These characteristics are labile emotions, personal identity, peer relationships, independence and testing boundaries, and self-centered attitudes. Each characteristic description allows the reader to become more cognizant and aware of how important adolescent development is while allowing them to become more familiar with the sensitive emotional and social components involved Anderson, R.A.. " 5 Characteristics of Adolescent Social and Emotional Development." Global Post. GlobalPostInternational News, n.d. Web. 12 Jan 2014. <http://everydaylife.globalpost.com/5-characteristicsadolescent-social-emotional-development-4827.html>.