Adolescence (Psychology)

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  • The period of transition in which a child matures into an adult. The beginning of human adolescence is marked by a growth spurt. This spurt usually happens at the age of 12 for girls and is accompanied by numerous physical changes (e.g., the development of breasts and growth of pubic hair, onset of menstruation). For boys, this growth spurt begins generally at the age of 14, also accompanied by a multitude of physical changes (e.g., enlarging testes, pubic hair, facial hair, first ejaculation, voice deepening). By the end of adolescence, females are menstruating and males are producing live sperm, signifying sexual maturity. Adolescence is also marked by various psychological changes and challenges. Young people develop abstract thinking abilities and a clearer sense of psychological (and ...

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