Teenagers and Puberty

What is puberty?

Puberty is the period of time when an individual’s sexual maturity occurs as well as the functioning of the reproductive organs. This is manifested in both sexes by the appearance of secondary sexual characteristics. It is a physical change that usually happens between ages 10 and 14 for girls and ages 12 and 16 for boys.

How puberty affect the teenagers?

uberty affects boys and girls differently. The girls’ first sign of puberty is usually the development of the breasts. Other signs are the growth of hair in the pubic area and armpits, and acne. Menstruation usually happens last.

Boys’ puberty usually begins with the testicles and penis getting bigger. Then hair grows in the pubic area and armpits. Muscles grow, the voice deepens, and acne and facial hair develop as puberty continues.

Growth spurt or the rapid increase in height usually lasts for about 2 or 3 years for both boys and girls. This brings them closer to their adult height, which they reach after puberty.

How do young people view themselves at puberty?

Puberty is the stage where most children feel insecure and uncomfortable with their image. They may not like the way they look and feel clumsy and shy.

Young people aspire to be like everyone else of their age. Some girls may be unhappy if they have their first period before the rest of their class or if they are the first – or last – to develop breasts.

Puberty- child or adult?

Everyone may not go through puberty in the same way because puberty cam have different patterns. A condition called precocious puberty is when puberty begins at an earlier age. Signs of puberty that occur to girls before age 7 or 8, and to boys before age 9, may need to seek for treatment.

Other children may have delayed puberty. Sometimes there is a reason for puberty starting late; for example, young girl gymnasts start puberty later than those who are not gymnasts. In many cases, there is no known reason for the delay.

Cases of delayed puberty need actually needs no treatment because they usually begin puberty on their own body’s time.

Puberty is also noted as the time wherein the child shifts between feeling of being a child and becoming an adult. Teenagers are now more adept in having close friends of the same age, as he or she tries to build confidence.

However, friendship may also give way to insecurity as one tends to compare him or herself to others. Puberty is the time of liberation for the child, the most crucial time when the parents are most needed for support.