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Unformatted text preview: 19:36 Adolescence- the transition period from childhood to adulthood, extending from puberty to independence Puberty- the period of sexual maturation, during which a person becomes capable of reproducing Primary sex characteristics- the body structures (ovaries, testes, and external genitalia) that make sexual reproduction possible Secondary sex characteristics- nonreproductive sex characteristics, such as female breasts and hips, male voice quality and body hair Menarche- the first menstrual period Identity- one’s sense of self; according to Erikson, the adolescent’s task is to solidify a sense of self by testing and integrating various roles Intimacy- in Erikson’s theory, the ability to form close, loving relationships; a primary developmental task in late adolescence and early adulthood • Adolescence begins with sexual maturity and ends with the social achievement of independent adult status • Puberty follows a surge of hormones, which may intensity moods and which trigger a 2 year period of rapid physical development (age 11 in girls, 13 in boys) • Primary and secondary sex characteristics develop dramatically...
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This note was uploaded on 02/18/2010 for the course PSYCHOLOGY 101 taught by Professor Maas during the Fall '09 term at Cornell.
- Fall '09