Adolescence - Adolescence 1. Define adolescence and...

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Adolescence 1. Define adolescence and identify the major physical changes that occur during this period of life. Adolescence, the transition period from childhood to adulthood, typically begins at puberty with the onset of rapid growth and developing sexual maturity. A surge of hormones triggers a 2-year period of growth that begins in girls at about age 11 and in boys at about age 13. During the growth spurt, the reproductive organs, or primary sex characteristics, develop dramatically. So do the secondary sex characteristics, such as the breast and hips in girls, facial hair and a deepened voice in boys, pubic and underarm hair in both sexes.The landmarks of puberty are the first ejaculation in boys, which usually occurs by about age 14, and the first menstrual period (menarche) in girls, by about age 13. 2. Describe the adolescent's growing reasoning power and Kohlberg's theory of moral development, noting the relationship between thoughts and actions.
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This note was uploaded on 12/04/2011 for the course PSY 2012 taught by Professor Scheff during the Fall '08 term at Broward College.

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