Similarities and Differences in Adolescent Development 2Similarities and Differences in Adolescent DevelopmentThe transformation from middle to late childhood into adolescence may have appeared slow and indeed it was in many ways. However, adolescence is a time period in human growth where it can be considered the link between childhood and adulthood. A quote from famous writer John Steinbeck sums adolescence up quite well when he wrote, “When a child first catches adults out …when it first walks into his grave little head that adults do not always have divine intelligence, that their judgments are not always wise, their thinking true, their sentences just …his world falls into panic desolation. The gods are fallen and all safety gone. And there is one sure thing about the fall of gods: they do not fall a little; they crash and shatter or sink deeplyinto green muck. It is a tedious job to build them up again; they never quite shine. And the child’s world is never quite whole again. It is an aching kind of growing (Steinbeck, 1952).” Needless to say the changes are significant. The topic of this paper will center on the experiencesbetween adolescent males and females. The paper will focus on the differences in the nature of adolescence, physical changes, cognitive and social functions between males and females. First, let us look at the nature of adolescence. At this point in a child’s life, many changes are taking place. Factors such as family genetics, socioeconomic influences are taking place. During this time, influence from parents, teachers, friends and peers was helping to shape and mold the young personalities. Children are beginning to become more intimate with each other.