Child & Adolescent Development: Puberty

Introduction to Puberty

It’s time for “The Talk.” Just thinking about childhood conversations with your own parents about sex, bodily change, or other similarly uncomfortable subjects may cause you to cringe! While puberty is an awkward time, conversations about the changes that occur during puberty do not necessarily have to be uncomfortable for children or their parents. This article provides an overview of puberty and the physical, mental, emotional and social changes that occur during this time. Armed with this information, parents can better prepare themselves to help their children cope with these inevitable and sometimes intimidating transformations.

Definition of Puberty

Child & Adolescent Development: Puberty — In The News
HPV Vaccination Does Not Appear to Boost Risky Teen Sex, Study Shows

MONDAY, Feb. 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Contrary to what some parents might fear, girls who get vaccinated against the human papillomavirus (HPV) do not treat it as a green light to start having risky sex, a new study indicates. Researchers said they hope the findings, published online Feb. 9... Read More


Soda Habit May Prompt Early Puberty in Girls, Study Suggests

TUESDAY, Jan. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Girls who consume a lot of sugary drinks may enter puberty earlier than girls who don't, Harvard researchers report. Among nearly 5,600 girls aged 9 to 14 who were followed between 1996 and 2001, the researchers found that those who drank more... Read More


Early Puberty Linked to Increased Risk of Depression in Teens

TUESDAY, Nov. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Youngsters who enter puberty early are at increased risk for depression, a new study suggests. Early puberty was linked with a number of factors associated with depression, such as poor self-image and high anxiety levels, according to the researchers. Early puberty was also... Read More


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