Lecture 6 - Puberty and Adolescence-2 - PUBERTY AND ADOLESCENCE BECOMING AN ADULT Puberty physical changes Adolescence period between childhood and

Lecture 6 - Puberty and Adolescence-2 - PUBERTY AND...

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7/14/20131PUBERTY ANDADOLESCENCEBECOMING ANADULTPuberty – physical changesAdolescence – period between childhood and maturityPUBERTYRapid physical and sexual maturationDramatic increase in height and weight Appearance of secondary sexual characteristicsPsychological changes as wellGirls start roughly two years before boys9 v. 11 yearsPeak change: Girls 11.5yrs, boys 13.5yrs
7/14/20132PUBERTYAge of puberty is becoming earlierStill a large range between individuals: affected by genetics, nutrition, health and environmentMenarcheTriggered by body mass (106 +/- 3lbs)PUBERTYBody ImageStrong focus on body and how it looksEarly adolescents more dissatisfied than lateGirls are less happy than boys overallGirls become more dissatisfied whereas boys become more satisfiedPUBERTYEffects of Early and Late MaturationEarly:Boys – more positive about self and successful with peers

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